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Mars rover finally looks set to drill
bbc ^ | 4 January 2013 Last updated at 13:10 ET | Jonathan Amos

Posted on 01/05/2013 7:36:12 PM PST by BenLurkin

All of Curiosity's instruments have been commissioned. The drill is the only tool that has yet to be deployed.

Its hammer action will enable the device to retrieve powdered samples from up to 5cm inside the rock, which can then passed to the rover's onboard laboratories for analysis.

As Curiosity trundled through Yellowknife Bay in December, it used its survey instruments to try to identify the most promising candidate rock. This equipment comprises the mast-mounted colour cameras and laser spectrometer, and the arm-held "hand lens" camera and X-ray spectrometer.

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Yellowknife was chosen as a destination because it represents a different type of rock terrain to the one on which Curiosity landed in August and on which it has done most of its driving. Satellite observations indicate this landscape has a high thermal inertia - that is to say, at night it loses heat more slowly than the terrains that abut it in the local area.

Pictures returned to Earth from inside Yellowknife Bay appear to show copious sedimentary deposits

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Science
KEYWORDS: catastrophism; curiosity; mars; marsrover; xplanets

1 posted on 01/05/2013 7:36:16 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

So we can drill on Mars but on in the US.


2 posted on 01/05/2013 7:38:34 PM PST by bmwcyle (We have gone over the cliff and we are about to hit the bottom)
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To: BenLurkin

I see they found one of the interesting fossil looking things in a rock. They’re calling it the flower.

http://www.space.com/19143-mars-flower-curiosity-rover-photos.html


3 posted on 01/05/2013 7:40:44 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: bmwcyle

No worries. The EPA will soon stop the project.


4 posted on 01/05/2013 7:40:48 PM PST by lurk
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To: cripplecreek
It's a Juicy Fruit gum wrapper left by our astronauts when the planted the flag .... yeah ... THAT'S the ticket
5 posted on 01/05/2013 7:44:21 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: lurk

Leave it to Barry to screw it up. Every thing he touches fails.


6 posted on 01/05/2013 7:49:12 PM PST by bmwcyle (We have gone over the cliff and we are about to hit the bottom)
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To: cripplecreek

Whatever it is, hard to see how it is “part of the rock”. Anyone have estimated dimensions?


7 posted on 01/05/2013 7:56:40 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: lurk

The EPA is probably already freakin’ out because the rover is powered with a plutonium powered generator.


8 posted on 01/05/2013 7:58:59 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: cripplecreek

Looks like someone lost a pearl earring........


9 posted on 01/05/2013 8:04:33 PM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: BenLurkin

The wide panoramic picture of the snake like rocks looks like somewhere out in our desert Southwest. I sent the picture along to some of my camping buddies to see if they can remember the area where the picture was taken. Hahahahaha


10 posted on 01/05/2013 8:07:45 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: Parley Baer
Death Valley?

11 posted on 01/05/2013 8:20:17 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: bmwcyle

They call that the reverse Midas touch, or more commonly known as the Obama touch.


12 posted on 01/05/2013 8:30:45 PM PST by Blue Highway
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To: BenLurkin

“Death Valley?”

That is one area it resembles. Some of the distance small rocks can be mistaken for the low lying and widely scattered desert shrubbery in some of the drier areas. I just find the photo to be very fascinating.


13 posted on 01/05/2013 9:02:05 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: KevinDavis; annie laurie; Knitting A Conundrum; Viking2002; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Mmogamer; ...

Thanks BenLurkin.
 
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14 posted on 01/05/2013 9:07:18 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: 75thOVI; agrace; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; Avoiding_Sulla; ...

Thanks BenLurkin.
Thanks .


15 posted on 01/05/2013 9:07:27 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...

Extra ping to APoD members.

And another bonus, think of it as a self-ping. I’d lost track of this info about five years ago.

http://www.astronautix.com/lvs/jarvis.htm


16 posted on 01/05/2013 9:08:41 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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Face on Mars or Rocky Hill? New Photo Reveals Truth

17 posted on 01/05/2013 9:11:16 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Arms are ‘way too short, waist length. Must be a Martian.


18 posted on 01/06/2013 9:25:09 AM PST by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady

They should have used this:

http://www.geeky-gadgets.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Han-Solo-Frozen-In-Carbonite-Blanket_1.jpg


19 posted on 01/06/2013 4:42:24 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: BenLurkin
Its hammer action will enable the device to retrieve powdered samples from up to 5cm inside the rock, which can then passed to the rover's onboard laboratories for analysis.

So it's a laboratory retriever called rover.

20 posted on 01/06/2013 4:47:52 PM PST by Ken H
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To: SunkenCiv

Oh! Mr. Civilizations! You know everything!


21 posted on 01/06/2013 8:03:40 PM PST by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady

[buffs nails on shirt]


22 posted on 01/06/2013 8:13:12 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: SunkenCiv

[smiles at you]


23 posted on 01/06/2013 8:28:15 PM PST by TheOldLady
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To: BenLurkin
Mars rover finally looks set to drill

Oh goodie.

24 posted on 01/06/2013 8:53:23 PM PST by mtg
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