Help Shape the Future of Space Exploration

Join The Planetary Society Now  arrow.png

Join our eNewsletter for updates & action alerts

    Please leave this field empty
The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Preparing to drill, sol 171

Filed under pretty pictures, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory), Mars

Go Back

Preparing to drill, sol 171 On sol 171 (January 28, 2013), Curiosity positioned the rock drill against a target for the first time. In this photo, the arm is pressing two prongs on either side of the drill against the rock. The drill bit itself is not contacting the rock.


Original image data dated on or about January 28, 2013.

Most NASA images are in the public domain. Reuse of this image is governed by NASA's image use policy.


Other Related Images


Leave a Comment:

You must be logged in to submit a comment. Log in now.

Space in Images

Pretty pictures and
awe-inspiring science.

See More

Join The Planetary Society

Let’s explore the cosmos together!

Become a Member

Connect With Us

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more…
Continue the conversation with our online community!