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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 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 [...]

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 [...]