As for Curiosity, the spritely gal has finally collected her first sample with the drill using a combination of the pneumatic and rotating movements. This was after a 'mini-drill' session on sol 180 to see how friable and powdery the rock material would actually be. It seems everything checked out well to merit a full drill activity on sol 182!
|The mini-drill hole is 2cm deep. (NASA/JPL/MSSS)|
|Sol 182 (Feb 8, 2013) drill hole is 6.4cm deep with a lot of fine powder|
evident which was collected via a cork-screw'guide' along the shaft. (NASA/JPL/MSSS)
|Overview of Curiosity's current work bench. 'Wernecke' was brushed by|
the dust removal tool and 'Thundercloud' was percussed on without
any rotation by the drill last week. (NASA/JPL/MSSS)