Drill Baby Drill…Just Not For Oil.

After almost a year, Curiosity is once again putting holes into the Martian surface to find out what lies below.

It is almost a year since Curiosity last turned its drill on Mars

Most of the delay was because of the more than three miles (5km) journey the rover too to get closer to its primary target Aeolis Mons.

The path for the last few months has been very rocky and treacherous and the going has been slow.  Not to mention that the 400 or so scientists vying for time with the Curiosity keep stopping it to pick up whatever data they can.

Since 23 January, the rover has more or less stayed in one place, snuggled up next to a reddish rock nicknamed John Klein, in a region called Yellowknife Bay.  And it may stay there for a while longer, starting in April, Mars will be behind the Sun as seen from Earth, and no spacecraft on or around Mars will be able to radio home.

Selfie

Still, more exciting news from Mars should be coming from the rover after this month of radio silence. Of course no scientific journey of unmanned exploration would be complete without a selfie.

– Ex astris, scientia –

I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney in Pasadena, California and I am a Rising Star as rated by Super Lawyers Magazine.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities. Connect with me on Google +

Norman

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