Kiwi scientist working on mars drill project Stuff

Wellington’s Victoria University earth sciences lecturer Warren Dickinson is part of a NASA-funded international project to develop a drill capable of extracting rock cores from the surface of the Red Planet. The team’s work has taken on added importance after findings from data provided by the NASA rover Opportunity showed that water once drenched the Martian landscape. “If there is any ice sediment with water, that means potential for bacteria and other organisms,” Dr Dickinson said.