Curiosity successfully drills Martian surface in search for evidence of water


After six months on the surface of Mars, the Curiosity rover has finally commenced the drilling and analysis of Martian bedrock. This morning, NASA released an image of a tiny hole on the Martian surface, measuring 0.63 inches across and 2.5 inches deep, and tweeted that the mission to drill and collect a sample was a success. The site for drilling, situated in the Gale Crater, was chosen because it showed signs that water may have once flowed over it in the past.

To collect the sample, Curiosity used the drill at the end of its seven-foot robotic arm to…

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