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Curiosity Mars rover takes historic drill sample
02-10-2013, 04:15 PM #1
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Nasa's Curiosity Mars rover has finally drilled deep enough into a rock to acquire a powdered sample for analysis.

The fine grey material from the 6cm-hole will be sieved and inspected before being delivered to the robot's onboard labs in the coming days.

It will represent a historic first in planetary exploration - never before has the interior of a rock on another world been probed in such a way.

The US space agency said the drilling was an immense achievement.

"This is the biggest milestone accomplishment for the Curiosity team since the sky-crane landing last August, another proud day for America," said John Grunsfeld, Nasa's associate administrator science.

Drilling is absolutely central to the rover's mission in Gale Crater, a deep bowl sited on Mars' equator.

Curiosity is investigating whether past environments at this location could ever have supported life, and getting inside rocks to analyse their make-up will provide some of the most telling evidence.

Engineers have waited a full six months before deploying the drill tool, which is held on the end of the rover's 2.2m-long robotic arm.

more here: http://noredirectsallowed/Yf9F1
02-10-2013, 05:26 PM #2
Octo Mother Superior
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Cool! cheers.gif
02-10-2013, 05:45 PM #3
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Quote:Curiosity has already seen plenty of evidence for past running water in Gale Crater and the results from the drill-hole analysis are expected to reveal further information about that wet history.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21399857

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02-10-2013, 05:58 PM #4
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(02-10-2013, 05:26 PM)Octo Wrote:  Cool! cheers.gif


if jay wouldn't get mad can we go 2 mars ?
02-10-2013, 06:25 PM #5
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Just the two of us? shocked.gif

I think JR would mind. lmao.gif How about we organize a Kritter expedition to Mars? We can all go!

İmage
02-10-2013, 06:27 PM #6
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(02-10-2013, 06:25 PM)Octo Wrote:  Just the two of us? shocked.gif

I think JR would mind. lmao.gif How about we organize a Kritter expedition to Mars? We can all go!

İmage


you know we cant take these guys anywhere bunch of misfits

thats why we cant have anything nice
02-10-2013, 10:16 PM #7
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(02-10-2013, 04:15 PM)I⊥∀NIW∩LLIʞ Wrote:  It will represent a historic first in planetary exploration - never before has the interior of a rock on another world been probed in such a way.


Up until now they have used awful probes just like the Aliens so drilling is a first.
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02-10-2013, 10:19 PM #8
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Ok, I guess my first question, right off the bat, would be, "Why is the drill core powder gray and the rock surface red?" That looks an awful lot like stained or painted concrete....

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02-10-2013, 10:43 PM #9
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I thought it looked like concrete as well. 13.gif
02-10-2013, 11:08 PM #10
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The guys on the set faking the shots screwed up on the color - they will post the correctly retouched photos shortly.

The loose dust on mars is heavy in iron oxide.

The rock (like some previous rocks) is a feldspar: an alkali metal (Na/Al/Ca) silicate. Couldn't turn red if it had too.
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02-10-2013, 11:10 PM #11
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(02-10-2013, 11:08 PM)オタマジャクシ Wrote:  The guys on the set faking the shots screwed up on the color - they will post the correctly retouched photos shortly.


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02-10-2013, 11:12 PM #12
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(02-10-2013, 11:08 PM)オタマジャクシ Wrote:  The guys on the set faking the shots screwed up on the color - they will post the correctly retouched photos shortly.


would there be a shadow on mars ?
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02-10-2013, 11:14 PM #13
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(02-10-2013, 11:12 PM)I⊥∀NIW∩LLIʞ Wrote:  
(02-10-2013, 11:08 PM)オタマジャクシ Wrote:  The guys on the set faking the shots screwed up on the color - they will post the correctly retouched photos shortly.


would there be a shadow on mars ?


Depends on what side of the planet you are on at that time.

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