Subscribe Register Login

Tuesday, September 02, 2014, 5:42 a.m.
Top Picks - Capture Arkansas

Curiosity rover completes 1st drill into Mars rock

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 9, 2013 at 10:56 a.m.

— To scientists’ excitement, the Curiosity rover has completed its first drilling on Mars and is preparing to analyze a pinch of powdery rock.

Images beamed back to Earth overnight showed a fresh drill hole next to a test hole the rover made earlier.

The feat marked yet another milestone for Curiosity, which landed last summer to hunt for the chemical building blocks of life.

While previous Mars rovers have chiseled away at rocks, it’s the first time one drilled down to obtain a sample. The exercise was so complex that engineers spent several days commanding Curiosity to drill test holes.

The next task is to transfer the powder to Curiosity’s onboard laboratories to study the chemical makeup.

After the drilling activities, Curiosity will spend nine months driving to a mountain.

Comments on: Curiosity rover completes 1st drill into Mars rock

To report abuse or misuse of this area please hit the "Suggest Removal" link in the comment to alert our online managers. Read our Terms of Use policy.

Subscribe Register Login

You must login to make comments.

TOP JOBS

  • Mental health para-professional

    vantage point of northwest arkansas Is seeking qualified app...
    FAYETTEVILLE, AR

  • Sanitation technicians

    earn egg-cellent pay Along with an excellent compensation pa...
    SILOAM SPRINGS, AR

  • Surveyor & crew chie

    licensed surveyor &survey crew chiefengineering & Survey...
    BENTON, AR

  • Construction jobs

    forsgren, inchiring concrete finishers2 yrs. Experience Requ...
    FORT SMITH, AR

  • Janitorial

    the arkansas schoolfor the blind is seeking applicants for:I...
    LITTLE ROCK, AR

Search 912 jobs >

Top Picks - Capture Arkansas
Arkansas Online