NASA Mars Rover Curiosity drills into second Martian rock

5/24/2013
In yet another milestone of great significance NASA Mars Rover Curiosity drills into second Martian rock.

Three months after NASA’s ambitious rover Curiosity had dug a hole on the red planet, it has gone ahead yet again and this time drilled a hole 2.6 inches deep and about 0.6 inches in diameter in a rock called Cumberland.

The new rock christened ‘Cumberland’ is situated in the Yellowknife Bay depression that is presently being studied by the six-wheeled robot has been studying. Three months ago, Curiosity bored into a similar rock called ‘John Klein’, situated around 9 feet (2.75 meters) away.

Back home, the scientists at NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory are making arrangements for getting the recent sample of the crushed material to laboratory instruments on board the rover. By taking a second sample from a rock with similar features as John Klein, mission scientists aim to cross-check the chemical analysis of both locations to ascertain whether the outcomes are similar or not.
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