Mars Curiosity Rover Has Begun Drilling Again

February 9, 2015 12:14 PM

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NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has begun drilling again after a short break. The rover is now using a low-percussion drill for the first time in the mission. The results of the drilling shows amazing results, such as the fact that ancient conditions on the Red Planet used to support liquid water. Scientists were hoping for these types of findings, but didn’t really expect to find them so quickly.

Mars Curiosity drill has one of the most high-tech drills man has ever created. It has six percussion-level settings that range from gentle drilling to vigorous drilling (30 times per second), which is 20 times more powerful than the gentlest drill. The drill is smart, as it adjusts its percussion l...

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