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The week in pictures: January 12–18, 2013

In the past seven days, Curiosity began preparing to drill its first martian rock, NASA announced an agreement with the European Space Agency to provide a service module for the Orion spacecraft, Cassini scientists suggest blocks of hydrocarbon ice might decorate the surface of existing lakes and seas of liquid hydrocarbon on Saturn's moon Titan, and more.

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Mars rover preparing to drill into first martian rock

Curiosity will be the first rover to drill and ingest samples from a martian rock, which it then will analyze for information about the object’s mineral and chemical composition. Learn more »
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