In previous weekend, the Curiosity’s (the rover by NASA) malfunctioning drill allowed the device to drill into the Martian rock for the first time.
The drill by Curiosity has been a hot topic for NASA for quite some time recently. Earlier, some electrical problems led the issue with the mechanism of hammering, but this is just the beginning; later, the drill feed of curiosity broke in December 2016, making it difficult for the drill to move in a stipulated direction.
The drill was designed to drill into the Martian rocks and gather the dust samples. For this, it must be lowered down on the rock, during which the collaborative motion of the rotating drill, as well as the percussive action, does the job.
The rover by NASA was hugely damaged and unable to move the drill in the stipulated direction and was unable to fulfill the specified aspects of its mission.
But the NASA’s rover is back on the field again and ready to drill, all appreciations to the mission engineers for the neat idea. For all intents and purpose, the NASA’s rover utilizes its drawn-out arm to bore in a freestyle manner, and without taking the help of stabilizers.
At the time of its test on May 20, onto a rock called Duluth, the curiosity drill put it all, showing that its functionality of drilling could be restored effectively. The rover successfully managed to drill a nearly 0.6 inches wide and 2 inches deep hole.
Curiosity Deputy Project Manager, Steve Lee, JPL, said in a statement, “The team shows the tremendous intelligence to design and incorporate a new drilling method and impose it on the other planet. He states, “The 2 inches hole is a sign of innovations from a distance of 60M miles. We’re delighted that the outcome was exceedingly successful.”
In the next phase, the engineers from NASA will test the camera of the rover, to measure how much dust it can collect from the inside of the drill while it moves rearwards.