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Drilling at Duluth, sol 2057

Drilling at Duluth, sol 2057
Drilling at Duluth, sol 2057 This animation of front Hazcam images shows the first successful drill for Curiosity in a year and a half, using the new feed-extended drilling technique. It begins with just drill rotation, but as progress slows, Curiosity turns on drill percussion to help it proceed. You can see when percussion turns on by the disturbance of sand on the block of rock, moved by transmitted vibrations. NASA / JPL / Emily Lakdawalla

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