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2005-Sep-11, 05:05 AM
SUMMARY: NASA's Opportunity rover dug into the Martian soil today, to get a better idea of the composition of the minerals beneath the top layer. The maneuver was done by locking five of the rover's six wheels and then turning the sixth in place to scoop soil like a waterwheel. After Opportunity completed the dig, scientists were able to confirm that the rover had dug down approximately 8-10 centimetres into the Martian soil. Its next operation will be to examine the unearthed dirt with its array of instruments.

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