PHOTOS: Curiosity Drills Hole Into Mars Rock
Curiosity arrived at the Kimberly on Wednesday and the mission is currently studying rocks in the area that may provide further clues to the Red Planet's past habitability and ancient geology. The location has been eyed by mission scientists for over a year who suspect it will be a science treasure trove.
"This is the spot on the map we've been headed for, on a little rise that gives us a great view for context imaging of the outcrops at the Kimberley," said science lead Melissa Rice of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, in a NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory news release.
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Curiosity will remain at the Kimberly for several weeks scooping samples of regolith and drilling into rocks to access the pristine material below the surface for analysis in the rover's on board chemistry suite.
Last year, Curiosity spent months working at the now famous Yellowknife Bay area, scooping and drilling samples. This new campaign at the Kimberly will be the most extensive study since Yellowknife, which provided compelling evidence for an ancient wet and possibly habitable environment for microorganisms to thrive.