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Curiosity Tastes First Sample in 'Clay-Bearing ­nit'


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Aberlady rock, Mars

The Mast Camera, or Mastcam, on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover captured this set of images before and after it drilled a rock nicknamed "c," on Saturday, April 6 (the 2,370th Martian day, or sol, of the mission). The rock and others nearby appear to have moved when the drill was retracted.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Scientists working with NASA's Curiosity Mars rover have been excited to explore a region called "the clay-bearing unit" since before the spacecraft launched.

From Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA
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