Curiosity Update

The sample-collection drill hole on Martian sandstone target called Windjana. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
The sample-collection drill hole on Martian sandstone target called Windjana. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Been a while since I’ve put up a Curiosity update.  The rover has been busy as we can see.  The rovers really are marvels, an unimaginably complex project working perfectly..

The NASA/JPL description of the image:

This image from the Navigation Camera (Navcam) on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover shows two holes at top center drilled into a sandstone target called “Windjana.” The farther hole, with larger pile of tailings around it, is a full-depth sampling hole. It was created by the rover’s hammering drill while the drill collected rock-powder sample material from the interior of the rock. The nearer hole was created by a shallower test drilling into the rock in preparation for the sample collection. Each hole is 0.63 inch (1.6 centimeters) in diameter. The full-depth hole is about 2.6 inches (6.5 centimeters) deep, drilled during the 621st Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity’s work on Mars (May 5, 2014). The test hole is about 0.8 inch (2 centimeters) deep, drilled on Sol 615 (April 29, 2014). This image was taken on Sol 621 (May 5).

The sandstone target’s informal name comes from Windjana Gorge in Western Australia. The rock is within a waypoint location called “The Kimberley,” where sandstone outcrops with differing resistance to wind erosion result in a stair-step pattern of layers. Windjana is within what the team calls the area’s “middle unit,” because it is intermediate between rocks that form buttes in the area and lower-lying rocks that show a pattern of striations.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, manages the Mars Science Laboratory Project for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington. JPL designed and built the project’s Curiosity rover and the rover’s Navcam.

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  1. I note that you have removed my previous question: I have found that very many of Curiosity’s photographic images have been severely and crucially tampered with and contorted. Graphic artists, presumably employed by NASA, have very carefully doctored all of the images in order to obscure what is really being studied. Are you aware of this deception? These are very serious problems. Why do you refuse to post my question and refuse to reply?

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