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Experimental set up showing an auger with a coring bit drilling basalt rock sample at Mars atmospheric pressure.
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Coring basalt under Mars low pressure conditions

1Kris A. Zacny and 2George A. Cooper

1Honeybee Robotics Ltd., 460 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001 USA
2Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 USA

Mars 3, 1-11, 2007 | doi:10.1555/mars.2007.0001
Received October 13, 2006 | Accepted February 12, 2007 | Published March 9, 2007

We report and evaluate drilling results in hard basalt under Mars low pressure conditions and introduce an equation that may be used to estimate drilling performance in hard formations.

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