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NASA releases image of drill holes on Mars.
NASA is breaking ground on Mars, quite literally. A new image depicts the first holes that were drilled into the surface of the planet by the Curiosity Rover.
Two openings are pictured, one is a miniature drill site while the other goes full depth. Drill tailings can be seen surrounding the holes. Piles of powdered rock collected from the deeper site were analyzed by instruments inside the rover.
NASA authorities have released their findings at the European Geosciences Union 2013 General Assembly. Team members believe that Mars lost a good portion of its original atmosphere by gasses escaping.
The scientists provided precise measurements of isotopes of argon which backed up the atmospheric loss hypothesis. The rover has also found that humidity levels differed along various locations on the route.
Dust distributed by the wind has been studied by the rover’s chemistry and camera apparatus. Although it was known that Mars was red due to the iron oxides in the dust, the device picked up a chemical composition of the dust that included hydrogen, possibly in the form of water molecules.