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Curiosity rover drills beneath Mars’ surface for first time

February 09, 2013

Curiosity rover drills beneath Mars’ surface for first time

Will Curiosity’s drill uncover evidence of past life on Mars?

NASA’s Mars Curiosity has achieved another milestone in its search for signs of past life on the Red Planet– successfully drilling into a rock which scientists believe once held water.

The rover employed a drill attached to the end of its 7-foot-long robotic arm to drill into the flat, veined Martian rock. Seven minutes and 2.5 inches later, Curiosity had removed an aspirin-sized amount of powder to be analyzed in its onboard laboratory.

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