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February 21, 2013
NASA Rover Confirms First Drilled Mars Rock Sample
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 21, 2013
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has relayed new images that confirm it has successfully obtained the first sample ever collected from the interior of a rock on another planet. No rover has ever drilled into a rock beyond Earth and collected a sample from its interior. Transfer of the powdered-rock sample into an open scoop was visible for the first time in images received Wednesday at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. "Seeing the powder from the drill in the scoop allows us to veri ... read more
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