"Curiosity, the most sophisticated rover ever built, is now on the surface of the Red Planet, where it will seek to answer age-old questions about whether life ever existed on Mars -- or if the planet can sustain life in the future." -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.
'Spring Break' Over; Commanding Resumes
NASA Curiosity Rover Team Selects Second Drilling Target On Mars
9 May 2013: PASADENA, Calif. -- The team operating NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has selected a second target rock for drilling and sampling. The rover will set course to the drilling location in coming days.
This second drilling target, called "Cumberland," lies about nine feet (2.75 meters) west of the rock where Curiosity's drill first touched Martian stone in February. Curiosity took the first rock sample ever collected on Mars from that rock, called "John Klein." The rover found evidence of an ancient environment favorable for microbial life. Both rocks are flat, with pale veins and a bumpy surface. They are embedded in a layer of rock on the floor of a shallow depression called "Yellowknife Bay."
This second drilling is intended to confirm results from the first drilling, which indicated the chemistry of the first powdered sample from John Klein was much less oxidizing than that of a soil sample the rover scooped up before it began drilling.
Continue reading the article here.
| || |
| Landing Press Kit (PDF, 4.95 MB) |
| Fact Sheet (PDF, 558 KB) |
| Planetary Protection for MSL Fact Sheet (PDF, 294 KB) |
| Launch Press Kit (PDF, 5.21 MB) |
| Brochure (PDF, 6.83 MB) |
| Folder (PDF, 4.41 MB) |
| Info Card (PDF, 583 KB) |
| Lithograph (PDF, 2.28 MB) |
| Sky Guide No. 1: What's Up With Mars? (PDF, 807 KB) |
| Sky Guide No. 2: What's Up with Mars? (PDF, 0.98 MB) |
| Curiosity Landing Activities (PDF, 588 KB) |
| MSL Observing Certificate (PDF, 465 KB) |
| MSL Curiosity Sticker (PDF, 499 KB) |
Mars Science Laboratory Landing Toolkit
Continued Rover Coverage
Find Landing Events
Join the Conversation
| || |
| Launch: 26 November 2011 |
| Landing: |
10:32 pm Pacific, 5 August 2012
11:32 pm Mountain, 5 August 2012
12:32 am Central, 6 August 2012
01:32 am Eastern, 6 August 2012
05:32 am UTC, 6 August 2012
NASA Solar System Exploration