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Work Resumes with First Scooped Sample

The team operating Curiosity decided on Oct. 9, 2012, to proceed with using the rover's first scoop of Martian material. Plans for Sol 64 (Oct. 10) call for shifting the scoopful of sand and dust into the mechanism for sieving and portioning samples, and vibrating it vigorously to clean internal surfaces of the mechanism. This first scooped sample, and the second one, will be discarded after use, since they are only being used for the cleaning process. Subsequent samples scooped from the same "Rocknest" area will be delivered to analytical instruments.
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Curiosity's First Scoopful of Mars

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This video clip shows the first Martian material collected by the scoop on the robotic arm of NASA's Mars Curiosity rover, being vibrated inside the scoop after it was lifted from the ground on Oct. 7, 2012.



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Curiosity Mars rover to scoop sand sample

The Curiosity rover is preparing to scoop its first sample of Martian soil.
The vehicle, which landed on the Red Planet in August, has driven up to a pile of sandy material that mission scientists have dubbed "Rocknest".
This weekend, the robot will dig into the ground with its clamshell-shaped trowel, with the aim first of cleaning the mechanism of earthly contamination.

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NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover Report #8

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NASA to Televise Mars Curiosity Rover Science Update Sept. 27

NASA will host a news conference at 18:00 UT Thursday, Sept. 27, to present science findings from the Curiosity rover's mission to Mars' Gale Crater. The news conference from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., will be carried live on NASA Television, the agency's website and on Ustream.
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Mars rover examines rock close up

Nasa's Curiosity rover has completed its first close-contact science.
The robot pushed its arm instruments up against a pyramidal rock to assess the atomic elements that were present.

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Curiosity Mars Rover Targets Unusual Rock Enroute to First Destination

The Mars rover Curiosity has driven up to a football-size rock that will be the first for the rover's arm to examine.
Curiosity is about 2.5 meters from the rock. It lies about halfway from the rover's landing site, Bradbury Landing, to a location called Glenelg. In coming days, the team plans to touch the rock with a spectrometer to determine its elemental composition and use an arm-mounted camera to take close-up photographs.

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NASA Curiosity Rover Begins Eastbound Trek on Martian Surface

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has set off from its landing vicinity on a trek to a science destination about 400 metres away, where it may begin using its drill.
The rover drove eastward about 16 metres on Tuesday, its 22nd Martian day after landing. This third drive was longer than Curiosity's first two drives combined. The previous drives tested the mobility system and positioned the rover to examine an area scoured by exhaust from one of the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft engines that placed the rover on the ground.

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Curiosity rover's intriguing geological find

The Mars rover Curiosity is indulging in a flurry of multimedia activity ahead of its science mission proper.
It sent the first image from its 100mm telephoto lens, already spotting an intriguing geological "unconformity".
Nasa also released a colour panorama of Aeolis Mons, the rover's ultimate goal.

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Curiosity Mars rover landing site Interactive panorama showing Aeolis Mons

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