NASA's mars rover curiosity completes drill on rock checkout
feb 07, 2013
NASA's mars rover curiosity completes drill on rock checkout


NASA’s mars rover curiosity completes drill-on-rock checkout
image © NASA

 

 

since successfully landing on the ‘red planet’, NASA’s rover curiosity has been conducting a variety of
experiments and procedures to help determine whether mars could ever have supported life. in the latest
of activity, a series of tests to prepare for the first drilling in history to collect a sample of rock material
on mars were successfully completed. by tapping into martian rock, scientists may determine whether
water was ever present on the martian planet. the samples hope to contain the ‘ingredients for life’,
revealing what types of environmental conditions could have supported microbial life.

 

 

rotary-percussion drill left in target patch of rock
image © NASA

 

 

‘john klein’ site selected for curiosity’s drill debut
image © NASA

 

 

drill bit tip on mars rover curiosity, side view
image © NASA

 

 

drill bit tip on mars rover curiosity, head-on view
image © NASA

 

 

diversity in vicinity of curiosity’s first drilling target
image © NASA

 

 

yellowknife bay veins and concretions
image © NASA

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