For the first time, a robot has drilled into a rock on Mars and collected a sample, and scientists are patting themselves on the back. The likelihood of high-fives also is extremely high.
But the successful use of the drill alone has scientists in a tizzy. This means that Curiosity is “a fully operating analytical laboratory on Mars,” said John Grunsfeld, with
"This is the biggest milestone accomplishment for the Curiosity team since the sky-crane landing last August," he said.
Twitter geeks were applauding: "Holey Mars exploration Batman!" tweeted Sustainable2.
Developing the tools to tackle "unpredictable rocks" in unknown terrain required a lot of painstaking work beforehand, said Louise Jandura in Saturday's news release.
Jandura, of the
-- Amy Hubbard, Los Angeles Times