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Mars rover Curiosity skips 'Bonanza King' rock, heads for Mt. Sharp
Mars rover Curiosity skips 'Bonanza King' rock, heads for Mt. Sharp

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has passed up a chance to drill a rock nicknamed "Bonanza King" because of its worrying wobble, officials at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory say. The one-ton robot geologist was set to pull a sample out of a rock that looked like a slab of "pale paving stone," lying on the northeast end of a place called Hidden Valley. But when the rover performed a little pre-drill exercise – hitting the rock a few times to make a little dent – the rock moved. If Bonanza King isn’t totally stable, the exercise could end up damaging the rover’s drill. Rather than risk that, Curiosity’s handlers are putting aside their own...

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