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First Holes Drilled into Martian Bedrock
February 10, 2013 | NASA

NASA’s Curiosity Rover has drilled two small holes into Martian bedrock. The first was a shallow test hole and the second bottomed out at a depth of 6.4 centimeters.

Rock powder collected from the drilling will be prepared for chemical and mineralogical analysis in Curiosity’s laboratory.


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Mars Was Habitable
March 12, 2013 | NASA
"An analysis of a rock sample collected by NASA's Curiosity rover shows ancient Mars could have supported living microbes. Scientists identified sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and carbon -- some of the key chemical ingredients for life -- in the powder Curiosity drilled out of a sedimentary rock near an ancient stream bed in Gale Crater on the Red Planet last month." Quoted from the NASA press release.

Curiosity Confirms First Mars Drill Sample
February 24, 2013 | NASA
"NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has relayed new images that confirm it has successfully obtained the first sample ever collected from the interior of a rock on another planet. No rover has ever drilled into a rock beyond Earth and collected a sample from its interior." Quoted from the NASA press release.


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