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Target on Mars Looks Good For Nasa Rover Drilling

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Curiosity Mars mini drill test

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover completed a shallow "mini drill" test April 29, 2014, in preparation for full-depth drilling at a rock target called "Windjana."

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover performed a "mini-drill" operation Tuesday, April 29, on the rock target under consideration for the mission's third sample-collection drilling. This preparatory activity produced a hole about eight-tenths of an inch (2 centimeters) deep, as planned, in the target called "Windjana."

From Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA
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