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NASA Mars Curiosity Rover Prepares to Study Martian Soil

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Rover wheel scuff mark

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity cut a wheel scuff mark into a wind-formed ripple at the "Rocknest" site to give researchers a better opportunity to examine the particle-size distribution of the material forming the ripple.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA's Curiosity rover is in a position on Mars where scientists and engineers can begin preparing the rover to take its first scoop of soil for analysis.

From Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA
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