Mars rover Curiosity drills first hole into Mount Sharp

September 29, 2014 5:50 AM

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Mars rover Curiosity drills first hole into Mount Sharp

Washington: In a bid to understand how the once wet Red Planet turned cold and dry, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has successfully drilled the first sample-collection hole in Mount Sharp, a layered mountain in Mars.

The rover's hammering drill chewed about 2.6 inches deep into a basal-layer outcrop on Mount Sharp and collected a powdered-rock sample last week, NASA said in a statement.

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