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Curiosity rover drills into second Martian rock

Thursday - 5/23/2013, 3:30pm  ET

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- NASA's Curiosity rover drills again.

The space agency said Monday that Curiosity has bored a hole in a second rock and will transfer a pinch of powder to its onboard laboratories later this week for analysis.

Sunday's drill was the first major activity by Curiosity since it emerged from a monthlong hiatus. The latest drill site was located about nine feet away from the first rock that Curiosity drilled into three months earlier. A preliminary analysis of the first rock revealed evidence of an ancient environment suitable for primitive life.

Scientists wanted to study a second rock to confirm the finding.

The team hopes to wrap up soon at the current location and start the long drive to Curiosity's ultimate destination -- a mountain rising from the crater floor.


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