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Curiosity drills into base of Mount Sharp

For the first time since May, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drills into Martian rock.

By Heather Records
This NASA image composition taken on August 6, 2012 is the first two full-resolution image set of the Martian surface from the Navigation cameras on NASA's Curiosity rover, which are located on the rover's "head" or mast. The rim of Gale Crater can be seen in the distance beyond the pebbly ground. Curiosity, which successfully landed on the Martian surface on August 6, 2012, is NASA's newest Martian rover equipped with a host of sensors and cameras with the mission goal to assess whether Mars ever was, or is still, an environment able to support microbial life. UPI/NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/9b8db1b9dd67ef7e7955eac0178efa6a/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
This NASA image composition taken on August 6, 2012 is the first two full-resolution image set of the Martian surface from the Navigation cameras on NASA's Curiosity rover, which are located on the rover's "head" or mast. The rim of Gale Crater can be seen in the distance beyond the pebbly ground. Curiosity, which successfully landed on the Martian surface on August 6, 2012, is NASA's newest Martian rover equipped with a host of sensors and cameras with the mission goal to assess whether Mars ever was, or is still, an environment able to support microbial life. UPI/NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS | License Photo

PASADENA, Calif., Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Two weeks after reaching Mount Sharp on Mars, NASA announces their rover -- Curiosity -- drills into the base of the mountain.

It's the first time Curiosity has drilled a hole into the Martian surface since May.

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NASA said the robot used its power tool to get a sample from the rock at a location called "Pahrump Hills."

Scientists said that this should give them a better idea of what type of rocks the rover will face.

According to NASA, Curiosity is driving into the foothills of Mount Sharp, at the center of the Gale Crater.

Researchers said they hope the chemistry of the rocks will give them a better idea about the environmental history of the planet.

Curiosity has already established that there were lakes and rivers in the Gale Carter billions of years ago.

For the past year, Curiosity has spent much of its time just trying to get to the crater.

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