"It symbolizes months and weeks of effort by our staff to pull off this", said Jim Erickson, project director of the Mars Science Laboratory mission, that will be directed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Pasadena, California.
The rover drilled its last scheduled rock sample in October 2016.
Engineers in Nasa had to improvise a brand new method for the rover to drill rocks on Mars following a mechanical problem took the drill offline at December 2016.
The mini testing labs built into the core of NASA's Curiosity rover are back up and running, testing rock samples collected by its newly functional drill.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, the Mars Curiosity Rover, which is a big part of the MSL mission, recently snagged its first Martian rock sample in 18 months, all thanks to the new percussion drilling technique that has revived the robot's broken drill.
The next step to making the rover fully operational again was the analysis of the said rock sample, in the form of Martian powder, inside the rover's two laboratories.
Because the rover's drilling arm is now permanently extended to accommodate its new drilling technique, Curiosity can't use all of its components to ensure the proper amount of powdered rock is delivered to the labs. Delivery to its chemistry laboratory will follow in the week ahead.
"The science team was confident that the engineers would deliver - so confident that we drove back to a site that we missed drilling before. The gambit paid off, and we finally have an integral sample we've not gotten", Vasavada mentioned.
After landing in the Gale Crater and exploring the area during the course of its two-year prime mission, it has been climbing and exploring the base of Mount Sharp since September 2014. But that's here on Earth; on Mars, the thin, dry atmosphere provides very different conditions for powder falling out of the drill.
"On Mars we must attempt to estimate visually while that is Functioning, only by taking a look at pictures of just how much wax drops out", explained John Michael Moorokian of JPL, the scientist who headed development of this new sample shipping procedure. "We're talking about as little as half a baby aspirin worth of sample". May 31, he managed to push through the Martian powder in the laboratory of the Rover. Too much, and it might overfill the tools, clogging components or contaminating potential dimensions. A successful test of the delivery method on May 22 led to even further improvements in the delivery technique.