In an interview with Universe Today's Ken Kramer, Jim Green, NASA's Director of NASA Planetary Sciences Division, commented that the Mars rover team were in no rush, but everything is proceeding as planned. "The drilling has got to be done carefully. We are still in checkout mode and the drill is the last instrument of Curiosity's ten science instruments to be fully checked out," Green said.
NEWS: Next Mars Lander Will Drill into the Red Planet
Curiosity landed on the Red Planet on Aug. 5, 2012 (PST) and has been giving the world an unprecedented look at an unexplored plain inside Gale Crater called Aeolis Palus. The rover is currently exploring a geologically interesting region nicknamed "Glenelg," its first long stop on its epic journey to Aeolis Mons (a.k.a. "Mount Sharp"), a 3 mile-high mountain in the center of Gale. In an effort to reveal the past and present habitability of Mars, Curiosity has already uncovered evidence for Mars' wet past, aiding our ongoing efforts to better understand the history of the most habitable planet in the solar system after Earth.