Here’s what it looked like from the front of the Mars Science Laboratory we know as Curiosity on Sol 281 May 21, 2013).
The rover took a little break thanks to Mars moving behind the Sun in its orbit making communication impossible at times and ill-advised at others. Now that Mars has moved from behind the Sun and is in the clear, it’s back to work.
A few days before the top image was taken Curiosity drilled into the target called “Cumberland“. The Cumberland-drill was the second hole, the first being the target called “John Klein”. The John Klein drill sample is still sitting inside Curiosity and is about to be analyzed.
The two drill samples will be compared and since they are close to each other (9 feet / 2.75 meters) and have a similar appearance it is quite likely they will share some common results. The differences if any in the samples will be interesting; either way it’s a good check out for the sampler.
The tailings from the drill sort of resembles clay, then again it could a multitude of things so we’ll just have to wait and see.