hardware failure curiosity rover

Engineers develop a whole new way to use curiosity’s drill after a recent hardware failure

Engineers develop a whole new way to use curiosity’s drill after a recent hardware failure

Since it landed on Mars in 2012, the Curiosity rover has used its drill to gather samples from a total of 15 sites. These samples are then deposited into two of Curiosity’s laboratory instruments – the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) or the Chemistry and Mineralogy X-ray Diffraction (CheMin) instrument – where they are examined to tell us more about the Red Planet’s history and evolution.