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Mars rock drill hole, Curiosity rover image. Close-up of a hole produced using a new drilling technique for NASA's Curiosity rover. The hole is about 1.6 centimetres in diameter, and was drilled in a target called 'Duluth'. This image was taken by Curiosity's Mast Camera (Mastcam) on Sol 2057. The hole was drilled using a new technique, called Feed Extended Drilling (FED), which keeps the drill's bit extended out past two stabilizer posts that were originally used to steady the drill against Martian rocks. The Curiosity rover is part of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission. It landed on Mars on 6 August 2012, on a mission to investigate the Martian climate and geology. Hole drilled on 20 May 2018.
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