Curiosity learns to drill into Mars rocks with out breaking them
It is no secret that scientists need the Curiosity rover to drill into Mars extra typically. Nevertheless, it first has to discover ways to drill correctly — till now, it was so aggressive that it typically broke the rocks it was making an attempt to pattern. Fortunately, NASA has a repair. It lately began testing a new drilling algorithm that begins on the lowest energy ranges and ramps up provided that there is not a lot progress. This gentler contact seems to achieve success in early checks: as you’ll be able to see above, Curiosity bored into a comparatively fragile rock with out smashing it to bits. It is too quickly to say whether or not or not the method will work nicely in each circumstance, however researchers can at the very least be assured that they will not destroy essential proof earlier than they’ve had an opportunity to take a look at it.
[Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS]