Monday, June 6, 2016

Martian drilled hole

After drilling into a sedimentary rock layer in Gale Crater, Curiosity is naturally curious as to what's in the hole. The MAHLI camera is used to get a closeup of the fine, clumpy dust around the perimeter of the hole, with a view into the hole. 

original images:

The diameter of the hole is about 1.6 cm.

Here the dark interior values are stretched to increase the contrast on bits and pieces at the bottom of the hole:

 (stereo pair, cross-view)

 Detail across center of the same images:

 (stereo pair, cross-view)

Another MAHLI photo with artificial light, focused near the bottom of the hole (

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