Curiosity Rover Conducting Tests Ahead Of First Drill

SPACE http://www.space.com/19542-mars-rover-curiosity-martian-drill.html (1/30, Wall) reported, “NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity is sizing up a target rock and flexing its robotic arm ahead of its first-ever drilling activity on the Red Planet, which should take place in the coming days.” It “pressed down on the rock in four different places” on Monday as part of “pre-load” tests to make sure there are no issues operating the drill and the execution matches predictions. Curiosity “won’t be ready to start boring into the rock until it completes several additional hardware tests and other checks, which should keep the rover busy through at least the end of this week, they added.” …