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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has drilled into the Red Planet for the first time in a major test of the 1-ton robot's ability to dig into the Martian surface and collect samples.
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Am I the only person who thinks that dust looks damp?

I have drilled tile and stone before and the dust doesn't clump up like that when it's dry.
+Skip Huffman what with it being so cold up there the surface will be frozen, so there could be small amounts of water ice or other stuff in there that could be giving that dust a damp look.
fines tend to be clumpy, also i think they are electrostatically charged. Mars first sandcastle, they need to stick a little flag on top 
I may have to grab a diamond drill, a couple slabs of sandstone (which that sure as hell looks like), and some dry ice.  Soak one piece and dehydrate the other, then lay them on the dry ice until good and hard and then drill.
Was it good for you, Mars?
It looks like a shadow alien eating a tasty cookie.
Interesting how the soil is red on the surface, but gray underneath? 
The surface is weathered both by atmosphere and UV.  You will see the same thing here on earth. (Plus biological weathering here)
Yeah but, we know the top soil does a lot of moving on Mars. Recently it was found dunes migrate faster than previously thought. That the red looking dust is always such a shallow layer on Mars when the rover scoops and digs is always surprising.
We also might be seeing pics after much prep work and removing a few layers, too. That's always a possibility.
Is all the sampling on someone else's planet causing a threat for our planet? Think About It.
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