The Curiosity rover drilled into this clay-bearing unit on Mars.
The Curiosity rover is living its best life on Mars. NASA chose the Gale Crater as the vehicle's stomping ground in part because of the siren call of the crater's "clay-bearing unit." The rover has now finally drilled into that area, nearly seven years after landing on the red planet.
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"Don't let your dreams be dreams," the rover team tweeted. "I finally got beneath the surface of those clays. Science to come."
Don’t let your dreams be dreams.
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"This is a moment that the mission has been waiting for since Gale Crater was chosen as our landing site," wrote Curiosity team member Scott Guzewich in a mission update.
The bedrock target is nicknamed "Aberlady." Curiosity will investigate the drill hole and composition of the...