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First time drilling on Mars by Curiosity rover

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Portions of this story are from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

A first on Mars this month. The Curiosity rover drilled into a rock to collect a sample. While dirt and dust samples have been gathered on the Red Planet, this is the first time a rover has drilled into a rock for a sample to analyze. 

NASA selected a rock that may hold evidence of long-gone wet environments. The sample will go through series of instruments that will allow for remote analysis by scientists back here on Earth.we

For images and more information about the mission, visit: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/msl,http://www.nasa.gov/msl and http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/

You can follow the mission on Facebook and Twitter at: http://www.facebook.com/marscuriosity andhttp://www.twitter.com/marscuriosity.

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