Curiosity Makes “Mini Drill Test” Into Rock

The AP (2/8) reports, “The Curiosity rover has drilled a test hole in a Martian rock in preparation for the real thing.” NASA released images yesterday of the results of the “mini drill test” which it commanded Curiosity to make before full drilling operations.

The BBC News (2/8, Amos) notes that “soon, Curiosity will be commanded to drill up to 5cm into rock to obtain a powdered sample that can be delivered to the vehicle’s onboard labs.” The rover, according to the article, “will likely drill a number of shallow test holes, using the tailings to scrub the metal bit of any contaminants carried from Earth.”