Preparatory Drilling Test on Martian Target Windjana
Date: 29 Apr 2014
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover completed a shallow mini drill activity on 29 April 2014, as part of evaluating a rock target called Windjana for possible full-depth drilling to collect powdered sample material from the rock's interior. This image from Curiosity's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) instrument shows the hole and tailings resulting from the mini drill test. The hole is 1.6 cm (0.63 inch) in diameter and about 2 cm (0.8 inch) deep.
When collecting sample material, the rover's hammering drill bores as deep as 6.4 cm (2.5 inches). This preparatory activity enables the rover team to evaluate interaction between the drill and this particular rock and to view the potential sample-collection target's interior and tailings. Both the mini drill activity and acquisition of this image occurred during the 615th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity's work on Mars (29 April 2014).
MAHLI was built by Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Mars Science Laboratory Project for the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Washington. JPL designed and built the project's Curiosity rover.