Mars Rover Curiosity Drills into Mount Sharp

September 26, 2014 4:25 PM

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In its continuing mission to fathom whether Mars’ ancient environment may have been suitable to host microbial life, NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity once again dusted off its drill piece and, for the first time, bored into a rock at the base of Mount Sharp — a 3.5 mile high mountain in the center of Gale Crater also known as Aeolis Mons.

Curiosity is currently located at the “Pahrump Hills” outcrop at the mountain’s base and mission scientists are excited by this new phase of the mission as samples collected from Mount Sharp will also help us understand how the mountain formed.

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