Curiosity begins first drilling on Mars

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Posted February 8, 2013 by Johnny2x in Science
”Mini drill” test by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity (Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)

”Mini drill” test by NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity (Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)

The Curiosity rover began the historic drilling on Mars on February 6th.

Said on NASA scientist on the Curiosity team:

“We be drillin that mutha!”

I can not stress enough how cool this is. This man made robot that we landed on ANOTHER PLANET is now drilling on that planet. I can not stop being amazed by this.

Here is better coverage of this historic event from gizmag.com:

The February 6 ”mini drill” test follows closely on from Curiosity’s weekend trials when it used its drill for a percussion-only tryout. This time, the nuclear-powered explorer used both percussion and rotation to bore about 0.8 inch (2 cm) into a rock.

The purpose of this was to produce cuttings for evaluation to determine if the drill is operating properly before the gathering of drilling samples begins in earnest. If these cuttings check out, the way will be clear to begin the first sample drilling in a few days.

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Diagram of Curiosity's robotic hand containing the drilling unit (Image: NASA)

Diagram of Curiosity’s robotic hand containing the drilling unit (Image: NASA)

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