Using an impact drill at the end of its robotic arm, NASA’s Curiosity rover has bored into a rock called “John Klein” and collected a sample from its interior.
“The fresh hole, about 0.63 inch (1.6 centimeters) wide and 2.5 inches (6.4 centimeters) deep in a patch of fine-grained sedimentary bedrock, can be seen in images and other data Curiosity beamed to Earth Saturday. The rock is believed to hold evidence about long-gone wet environments. In pursuit of that evidence, the rover will use its laboratory instruments to analyze rock powder collected by the drill.”
“This is the biggest milestone accomplishment for the Curiosity team since the sky-crane landing last August, another proud day for America” said NASA associate administrator for the agency’s Science Mission Directorate John Grunsfeld.