Mars Rover Drills Into Planet for First Time
Curiosity's successful test paves way for bigger projects
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2013 5:46 PM CST
This image provided by NASA shows the aftermath of a test drill by the Curiosity rover on Mars.   (AP Photo/NASA)

(Newser) – NASA's Mars rover has busted out a new tool to pry into the planet's secrets. Curiosity used a drill at the top of one of its arms to make a small hole in Martian rock, reports LiveScience. It was just a test, the first of its kind, but it seemed to go perfectly. NASA scientists need to make sure that Curiosity can pick up and evaluate the drill cuttings, and then it's on to "the first full drilling in coming days," says the agency. The drill site was selected because it could yield clues about whether water once flowed there.

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realtruth
Feb 11, 2013 7:35 AM CST
and Millions will be saved!!!
mind_riot
Feb 9, 2013 5:34 PM CST
they seem to be testing it all the time . you know a good place to test it ? hear . we have rocks hear to test on so get that damn thing to work digging up those martian corpses !
InferiorToYou
Feb 9, 2013 6:15 AM CST
As usual, it is we robots who get stuck digging the latrines.