Mars Rock: 1 Mars Rover: 0

8 Mar

Great Headline:Mars Rover Fails to Dig Hole in Rock

The sophisticated grinding tool deployed by NASA's rover Opportunity was apparently no match for a chunk of martian rock.

The rover was to use its rock abrasion tool Sunday to grind away at a martian outcropping dubbed "Flat Rock," but the tool left "no discernible impression on the rock," NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory reported.

NASA is going to use an "alpha particle X-ray spectrometer" to test the rock before drilling again. Maybe they'll do this first next time to save the poor Mars Rover a blow to its self-esteem.

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