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Press2ToContinue (2424598) writes "NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is ready to drill the Martian surface for the first time as it journeys through a rockbed with pale veins that could hold some clues about the history of water on the Red planet.

The Mars rover will test its drilling for the first time, and this is the most complex task ever done since the landing on the Martian crater.

"Drilling into a rock to collect a sample will be this mission's most challenging activity since the landing," Mars Science Laboratory project manager Richard Cook said, according to The Los Angeles Times. "It has never been done on Mars. The drill hardware interacts energetically with Martian material we don't control. We won't be surprised if some steps in the process don't go exactly as planned the first time through.""

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