Photos taken by experts NASA, became clear demonstration of the successful completion of the work of collecting rover Curiosity stone powder, which was formed as a result of drilling rock. Analysis of the samples is expected to tell researchers about the distant past of Mars.
The information published on the official website of the space agency.
"Many of us have worked hard this year, so make sure the success of the drilling was very important for us", - said Scott McCloskey, a specialist from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA. Rock sample was withdrawn from the depths of the Martian rock with a special scoop. The operation itself took more drilling on February 8.
The images show the white rock, which in contrast to the reddish color of the sand on the surface of Mars had not been subjected to erosion, as well as the effects of solar radiation. After sifting collected by the rover handfuls of stone dust to remove particles larger than 150 microns, it will go into the inner harbor rover for analysis.
The use of tools CheMin and SAM will allow experts to determine the conditions under which formed drilled Martian rock named after the recently deceased members of the mission of John Klein. Judging from the veins of the stone, as well as deposits of pebbles that surround "John Klein" stone once washed by water.
Drilling was carried rover in a small cavity, which is 500 meters from the landing Curiosity. Surgery was performed with the aid of a manipulator with a drill length of 5 centimeters and a diameter of 1.6. Drill bit for drilling does not rotate, it operated on the principle of the hammer.