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Mars rover Curiosity getting a taste of the base of Mt. Sharp
Mars rover Curiosity getting a taste of the base of Mt. Sharp

After two years of roving the Martian surface, NASA’s rover Curiosity has finally drilled its ultimate target: Mt. Sharp, the 3-mile-high mountain in the middle of Gale Crater. The robotic explorer is set to get a taste of Martian rock Tuesday night when the rover feeds its sample to the laboratory in its belly. “It feels great. It’s been a long time coming, but I think we’re going to find that it was worth the drive,” said Ashwin Vasavada, deputy project scientist for the Mars Science Laboratory (as Curiosity’s mission is known). “There was a reason we came here.” Last week the rover drilled about 2.6 inches into an outcrop on the base...

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