NASA reports Mars Curiosity rover will not drill rock “Bonanza King” because of instablity

August 23, 2014 7:08 AM

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NASA reports Mars Curiosity rover will not drill rock “Bonanza King” because of instablity

Pasadena, CA – Evaluation of a pale, flat Martian rock as the potential next drilling target for NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover determined that the rock was not stable enough for safe drilling.

The rock, called “Bonanza King,” moved slightly during the mini-drill activity on Wednesday, at an early stage of this test, when the percussion drill impacted the rock a few times to make an indentation.

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