Mars Curiosity Rover Stars Digging Once Again

February 9, 2015 6:35 AM

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Mars Curiosity Rover of NASA drilled the Martian surface for the second time and this time they did it rather gently by using its low-percussion-level drill. The rover used this method for the first time the past week. Analysis of the drilled sample has revealed quite unexpected conditions on the red planet back in the few days.

“This was our first use of low-percussion drilling on Mars, designed to reduce the energy we impart to the rock,” said JPL’s John Michael Morookian, the team’s surface science and sampling activity lead for the Pahrump Hills campaign. “Curiosity’s drill is essentially a hammer and chisel, and this g...

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