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    NASA's Curiosity rover has used its robotic arm to inspect its first rock.

  • Data Bob Jr.

    NASA's Curiosity rover performs "contact science" operations on a rock called "Jake Matijevic" in this photo, which was snapped Sept. 22, 2012. CREDIT: NASA/JPL-Caltech

  • Jessie Mae Hendrickson

    This image shows the robotic arm of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity with the first rock touched by an instrument on the arm. The photo was taken by the rover's right navigation camera.

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