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NASA Mars rover prepares to analyze 1st rock drill
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Fresh off drilling into a rock for the first time, the Mars rover Curiosity is prepping for the next step -- dissecting the pulverized rock to determine what it's made of.
NASA said Wednesday it received confirmation that Curiosity successfully collected a tablespoon of powder from the drilling two weeks ago and was poised to transfer a pinch to its onboard laboratories. It's the first time a spacecraft has bored into a rock on Mars to retrieve a sample from the interior.
The analysis is expected to take days to complete.
If all goes smoothly, scientists will focus next on driving the six-wheel rover to Mount Sharp, its ultimate science destination. Curiosity landed in an ancient crater last summer to study whether the environment could have been favorable for microbes.
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Posted: Wednesday, February 20 2013, 07:13 PM CST
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Motorists urged to avoid I-35 in Moore
May 23, 2013 13:43 GMT
MOORE, Okla. (AP) -- Oklahoma transportation officials say heavy traffic on Interstate 35 through Moore is hindering the tornado recovery effort.
The Transportation Department on Thursday asked motorists to avoid the area. The I-35 off-ramps in Moore are still restricted. The only people allowed to travel into Moore are residents and emergency responders.
Also, Oklahoma City police say Western Avenue between SW 164th and SW 134th is closed to all traffic. The closure will continue until utility crews finish installing new power lines.
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Bernanke signals Fed to maintain stimulus efforts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chairman Ben Bernanke is telling Congress that the U.S. job market remains weak and that it is too soon for the Federal Reserve to end its extraordinary stimulus programs.
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