Curiosity Rover Hammers First Mars Rock
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has pounded into a Red Planet rock with its drill for the first time, bringing the 1-ton robot a big step closer to initiating its first full-bore drilling operations.
The Curiosity rover hammered the rock using the arm-mounted drill’s percussive action over the weekend, completing another test along the path toward spinning the bit and biting into rock for the first time.
“We tapped this rock on Mars with our drill. Keep it classy everyone,” Curiosity flight director Bobak Ferdowsi — who gained fame as “Mohawk Guy” during the rover’s nail-biting landing on the night of Aug. 5, 2012 — wrote in a Twitter post Sunday, sharing a photo of the pounded rock.