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Curiosity's drill poised over the CheMin inlet, sol 2068

Curiosity's drill poised over the CheMin inlet, sol 2068

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Curiosity's drill poised over the CheMin inlet, sol 2068
With the new feed-extended sample transfer technique, Curiosity must deposit drilled powder into the CheMin and SAM instruments using its drill. It rotates the drill a small amount, so that powder moves down the inside of the drill sleeve and falls into the instrument. This photo was taken as a check of how close the drill actually got to the inlet of CheMin during delivery. During this check, the CheMin inlet cover was not opened.

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Original image data dated on or about June 1, 2018

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