Curiosity Flexes its Arm

Musings of a Scientist

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While it makes it’s way toward its next destination to start carrying out some “contact science” (Physics speak for poking with a stick), Curiosity has been busy preparing and testing it’s analysis instruments. The 2.1 metre arm aboard the rover contains tools to collect and sort samples of dust and rock, to be deposited into instruments on board the rover. It will sort and sieve samples to ensure that the right ones end up in the right instruments when they are delivered back to the rover. As well as the drilling and filtering tools, the arm is also fitted with a camera known as the Mars Hand Lens Imager, or MAHLI. This camera, fitted with LED lights which can be seen lit in the picture, will allow the rover to get close up to rocks and analyse sections for drilling or vaporising.

One of the most exciting tools on the…

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