The first drill holes on Mars

The first two holes ever drilled on Mars, on sol 180 and sol 182. Click for larger version. Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS
The first two holes ever drilled on Mars, on sol 180 and sol 182. Click for larger version.
Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS

Here is another great view of the first two holes ever drilled on Mars, by the Curiosity rover. The first one, top, was made on sol 180 (February 6, 2013) and the second one, below, was made on sol 182 (February 8, 2013). The second one is deeper, and some of the powdered bedrock sample obtained will be delivered to the CheMin and SAM laboratory instruments for analysis. The grey material is powdered bedrock (not covered by reddish Martian dust) which has spilled out during the drilling.

Paul Scott Anderson is a freelance space writer with a life-long passion for space exploration and astronomy. He started his blog The Meridiani Journal in 2005, which is a chronicle of planetary exploration. He also publishes The Exoplanet Report e-paper. In 2011, he started writing about space on a freelance basis, and now also currently write for AmericaSpace and Examiner.com. He has also written for Universe Today and SpaceFlight Insider, has been published in The Mars Quarterly and has done supplementary writing for the well-known iOS app Exoplanet for iPhone and iPad.

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