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First Curiosity Drilling Sample in the Scoop | by NASA Goddard Photo and Video
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First Curiosity Drilling Sample in the Scoop

This image from NASA's Curiosity rover shows the first sample of powdered rock extracted by the rover's drill. The image was taken after the sample was transferred from the drill to the rover's scoop. In planned subsequent steps, the sample will be sieved, and portions of it delivered to the Chemistry and Mineralogy instrument and the Sample Analysis at Mars instrument.


The scoop is 1.8 inches (4.5 centimeters) wide.


The image was obtained by Curiosity's Mast Camera on Feb. 20, or Sol 193, Curiosity's 193rd Martian day of operations.


The image has been white-balanced to show what the sample would look like if it were on Earth. A raw-color version is also available.


Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS


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Uploaded on February 21, 2013