Digging Deep for the Real Mars Wired News

The Canadian Space Agency has unveiled new technology that could one day see boring Canadians on Mars. It’s a prototype drill that would form part of a still yet-to-be-developed robot that would bore 33 feet below the Mars surface, grab core samples, bring them back to the surface, and then identify each of the samples. The robotic system would process the samples for examination, slicing them into thin pieces, or polishing or grinding them before handing them off for analysis. The agency is working on the drill because in order to answer various questions — ranging from whether there’s life on the planet to what the planet is made of — one needs to get beneath the surface.