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NASA's Curiosity Analyzing Sample of Martian Mountain


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Curiosity drilling into Mojave 2

Gray cuttings from Curiosity's drilling into a target called "Mojave 2" are visible surrounding the sample-collection hole in this Jan. 31, 2015, image from the rover's MAHLI camera. This site in the "Pahrump Hills" outcrop provided the mission's second drilled sample of Mars' Mount Sharp.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

The second bite of a Martian mountain taken by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover hints at long-ago effects of water that was more acidic than any evidenced in the rover's first taste of Mount Sharp, a layered rock record of ancient Martian environments.

From Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA
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