Mast Camera view of the area selected for Curiosity’s first sample drilling and other candidate areas (Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)
First sample drill hole made by Curiosity (Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)
Three stills from an animated GIF image showing Curiosity’s robotic arm taking its first drill sample (Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech)
Curiosity's robotic hand (Image: NASA)
The Collection and Handling for In-Situ Martian Rock Analysis (CHIMRA) (Image: NASA)
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity collected its first drilling sample on Saturday. The 4x4-sized robot used the drill in its hand to collect samples from the interior of a flat, veiny sedimentary bedrock that was formed by ancient Martian water.
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