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Curiosity Tastes First Sample in 'Clay-Bearing Unit'

11 Apr 2019, 16:46 UTC
Curiosity Tastes First Sample in 'Clay-Bearing Unit' NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Scientists working with NASA's Curiosity Mars rover have been excited to explore a region called "the clay-bearing unit" since before the spacecraft launched. Now, the rover has finally tasted its first sample from this part of Mount Sharp. Curiosity drilled a piece of bedrock nicknamed "Aberlady" on Saturday, April 6 (the 2,370th Martian day, or sol, of the mission), and delivered the sample to its internal mineralogy lab on Wednesday, April 10 (Sol 2374). 

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