Curiosity Mars rover takes historic drill sample

Sunday, 10 February 2013 - 8:46



Nasa's Curiosity Mars rover has finally drilled deep enough into a rock to acquire a powdered sample for analysis.


The fine grey tailings 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.