I know I’m behind on my Mars info (haven’t hit my news sites in a couple days), but this is interesting even if it’s a little old.
Early efforts to grab samples for study in the onboard lab had been frustrated by the cloddy nature of the ground.
But by shaking the scoop bucket on the end of its robotic arm, Phoenix now has a very effective technique to deliver fine samples to test instruments.
Mission scientists report that Phoenix has made a very delicate dusting of material across a microscope.
I’ve been watching “When We Left Earth” on Discovery Channel the last couple weeks and I’m psyched about human space travel, but robots going to Mars is still pretty freaking cool too.