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Mars Rover Curiosity Arm Tests Nearly Complete

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Inlet for rock and soil analysis

Image of inlet where powered rock and soil samples will be funneled down for analysis taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager on Curiosity's 36th Martian day, or sol, of operations on Mars (Sept. 11, 2012).

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

NASA's Mars Curiosity team has almost finished robotic arm tests in preparation for the rover to touch and examine its first Martian rock.

From Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA
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