Curiosity Mars rover takes historic drill sample

Sunday, 10 February 2013 - 8:46

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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.