The Curiosity rover’s first rock drilling on Mars was a success. It will take several days for the rover to transfer the rock sample to its instruments for analysis.
Using the drill at the end of its 7-foot-long robotic arm, Curiosity on Friday chipped away at a flat, veined rock bearing numerous signs of past water flow. After nearly seven minutes of pounding, the result was a drill hole 2½-inches deep. Images beamed back to Earth overnight showed a fresh borehole next to a shallower test hole Curiosity had made earlier.
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