Mars Rover Curiosity collects historic drill sample: NASA

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SummaryFor the first time, Mars Rover Curiosity has used its on-board drill to collect a sample of bedrock that might offer evidence of a wet environment which may have once hosted life on the red planet, says NASA.

rocks on Mars required an ambitious development and testing program," said JPL's Louise Jandura, chief engineer for Curiosity's sample system.

"To get to the point of making this hole in a rock on Mars, we made eight drills and bored more than 1,200 holes in 20 types of rock on Earth," Jandura said.

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