Opportunity could not drill a mysterious Martian rock




American scientists have puzzled failures of the Mars rover Opportunity while trying to drill a small hole in the Martian rock, called Flat Rock, or "flat stone."

Drilling unit rover, created with the latest terrestrial technology, could not cope with the task, according to the traditional daily reports NASA. In this case, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena manages the Mars rovers from, say, the device is fully functional — as far as can be judged from the Earth. At the same time, the drill could not leave a single trace visible on the surface of strange Martian rock.

Intrigued by the experts hope to analyze the elemental composition of the stone with a proton X-ray spectrometer, ITAR-TASS reported. In addition, it may be an attempt by the rover's left a mark on the surface of Flat Rock.

At the end of the week Opportunity once again try to drill a hole in the rock.

Meanwhile, the twin Opportunity rover Spirit continues its journey around the planet's surface toward the crater Bonevillya. Over the weekend, he moved another 21 meters, the AP reported. And just to "odometer" rover about 246 meters.

Battery News, 09-03-2004 13:38
Source: NEWSru.com

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