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Curiosity Rover Drills Holes and Collects First-Ever Sample from Martian Bedrock

The first two holes ever drilled into Martian bedrock, by the Curiosity rover.Photo Credit: NASA / JPl-Caltech / MSSS

The Curiosity rover has successfully used its drill to obtain a sample from inside Martian bedrock! This is the first time ever that such a drilling has been done on Mars, and it has provided the [...]

Curiosity Prepares to Drill First Martian Rock

Curiosity’s destination for its first drilling will be this patch of veined, flat-lying rocks. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL

A little over five months since making landfall on the blood-red surface of Mars, NASA’s remarkable Curiosity rover is heading towards its first sample-drilling target: a flat rock, laced with pale veins, which may yield clues about [...]

Curiosity Rover Brushes Off a Rock for the First Time

The brushed area on target rock “Ekwir_1″ as imaged by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on Curiosity. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

The Curiosity rover, the most complex yet of its kind, has an impressive array of instruments to assist in its investigation of the Martian terrain in Gale crater. It has been using its [...]

New Findings Put Curiosity's Abilities to the Test

The Rocknest has enabled Curiosity to put its remarkable skills and equally remarkable instrument toolkit to good use. There may not yet be evidence of organic life on Mars, but Curiosity is a living thing: explorer, scientist, lab technician, offroad trucker, and Twitter celebrity. Photo Credit: NASA

No little green men, no Decepticons, and [...]

The Latest from Curiosity: Rocks, Eclipses, and Plaques

Curiosity’s progress from Bradbury Landing to Glenelg as of Sol 46 (September 19) –  950 feet down, 656 left to go. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL

NASA’s Curiosity rover is making great strides – or great wheel tracks rather – on its primary mission. The rover, which landed at Bradbury Landing late on August 5, is rolling along [...]

Curiosity Puts 7-Foot Robotic Arm To Work, Treks East Towards First Target

The extended robotic arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity can be seen in this mosaic of full-resolution images from Curiosity's Navigation camera (Navcam). The 7-foot-long (2.1-meter-long) arm maneuvers a turret of tools including a camera, a drill, a spectrometer, a scoop and mechanisms for sieving and portioning samples of powdered rock and soil. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The extended robotic arm of NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity can be seen in this mosaic of full-resolution images from Curiosity’s Navigation camera (Navcam). The 7-foot-long (2.1-meter-long) arm maneuvers a turret of tools including a camera, a drill, a spectrometer, a scoop and mechanisms for sieving and portioning samples of powdered rock and soil. Photo [...]