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By Shane Lasley
Metal Tech News 

Drill recovery issues go interplanetary

No sample from Perseverance drill hole; Earth geos can relate Metal Tech News – August 11, 2021


Last updated 7/12/2022 at 12:39pm

NASA Perseverance space mining Mars rover drilling Curt Freeman Caltech


NASA's Perseverance rover takes a photo of the first hole it drilled into the "paver stones" on the floor of Jezero Crater, which was a large lake when Mars was a watery planet.

Many Earthbound mineral exploration geologists can relate to the disappointment that must have been felt by NASA scientists when they realized that the Perseverance rover did not recover a sample from the first hole drilled by the Martian explorer.

"When core drilling that is as highly anticipated as the Perseverance drilling recovers nothing, the deflation and disappointment felt by both drill...

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