Curiosity’s Drilling Providing Tools For Future Mars Missions

New Scientist (2/13, Grossman) reports Curiosity’s first drill on Mars this past weekend “could lay the groundwork for future Mars explorers to build structures or even to mine the Red Planet.” Louise Jandura of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory said, “Drilling anywhere is hard, but drilling on a rover kicks it up a notch.” JPL drill engineer Avi Okon added, “We’ve built up a good body of knowledge that can be leveraged in the future, in case that ability is needed.”