Curiosity Rover To Soon Ingest Rock Sample

The Cleveland Leader (2/17, Kent) reports, “NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover successfully drilled into Martian rock for the very first time without any complications, and is now readying to ingest the rock sample that it picked up about a week ago. The mission’s chief scientist, Joh Grotzinger, says that he expects this to happen very shortly.” Grotzinger commented, “We have to first confirm that the powder has moved up the drill stem. From there, it will go into something called the drill assembly, which is about as big as a hockey puck. That’s where the sample gets portioned before going through a set of tubes that takes it to some sieves.”