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Mars Drill
06.03.05
 
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14. Q: If the drill were landed on Mars' polar ice, would that polar ice be of any kind of assistance?

Stoker: "So, the question is, could--would the polar caps, or the northern or southern hemisphere high latitude ice deposits be interesting to drill into? And the answer is yes, those would be very interesting deposits to drill into. Ah, as a matter of fact, the drill that we are using—the exact same drill that we are using—has been tested in the Canadian Arctic in drilling into permafrost. So, there's really no difference between the type of drill you would use for drilling in ice than the drill we're testing in rock. You probably use a different, um, drill bit because the characteristics of the material that you're drilling into would be somewhat different so the design of the drill bit would be different." (45 SECONDS)