An image taken by the Perseverance rover of its very first drill hole on Mars taken on Aug. 6, 2021. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)NASAs Perseverance rover has notched another turning point on Mars, drilling its very first hole for sampling Red Planet rock.The drill hole marks simply one action of a sampling process that will take about 11 days all informed, according to previous NASA statements, which ought to suggest that if all goes well, the complete treatment will conclude just in time for the rover to commemorate six months since it landed on Mars, on Feb. 18.”My first drill hole on Mars!” the objectives Twitter account revealed on Friday (Aug. 6) with an image of the hole. “Storing and collecting rock samples is a huge and complicated job, and this is a huge action. Next action: processing.”Related: These selfies of NASAs Mars helicopter with the Perseverance rover are simply amazingMore: Where to find the current Mars images from NASAs Perseverance roverPerseverance is designed to study the geology and look for traces of long-lost life on the Red Planet by exploring what scientists have actually called Jezero Crater, which they believe was a lakebed billions of years ago. Drilling on Mars isnt brand-new to Perseverance– the car-sized rovers predecessor Curiosity has done the exact same job a couple lots times in the course of its nine years on the Red Planet. Nevertheless, Curiosity chosen rocks to drill just for its own instruments to study. Determination, instead, will both analyze the samples and pack them away for a future mission to carry to Earths laboratories.In the lead-up to drilling, the mission team revealed that this rock sample may be the earliest Perseverance gathers throughout the course of its work. Researchers are especially excited for the brand-new sample because they arent sure yet whether the rock is volcanic or formed by layers of lakebed deposits.Email Meghan Bartels at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @meghanbartels. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom and on Facebook.