‘Drill, Baby, Drill!’: Curiosity rover successfully tests new drilling technique on Mars

After many months of testing and devising new techniques since experiencing mechanical problems, NASA’s Curiosity rover is finally drilling again! The latest test this past weekend proved a success, producing the first drill hole in a rock in over a year. So it seems that …

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Curiosity rover celebrates 2,000 sols on Mars as it prepares to examine ancient clays

Time goes by quickly when you are exploring Mars. It may not seem like it, but NASA’s Curiosity rover has now passed the 2,000-sol marksince its landing way back in August 2012. In those 5+ years, the rover has discovered evidence that Gale crater used …

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Incredible journey: Opportunity rover reaches 5,000-sol milestone on Mars

NASA’s Opportunity rover has just crossed another amazing threshold – passing the 5,000-sol mark on Mars. That is a phenomenal achievement, considering that the plucky little machine was designed for a hopeful lifetime of at least 90 sols (a sol is a Martian day, just …

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