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Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity News Archive - January 30, 2013

Curiosity Conducts “Pre-Load” Tests As It Prepares To Drill Into Martian Rock For First Time

NASA’s Curiosity rover is preparing to use its drill to bore into a Martian rock in the coming days. The rover is carrying out “pre-load” tests to assure the rover’s drill and hardware can handle pressure and temperature variations on the Red Planet.

Word of the Day
meacock
  • An uxorious, effeminate, or spiritless man.
  • A timorous, cowardly fellow.
Probably a blend of meek and cock, or from meek +‎ -ock (“diminutive suffix”).