Rover finds ‘flower’: NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds Martian Flower (Photo)

By on Jan 6, 2013 in Astronomy, Science, United States, World Comments
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Mars Flower
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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NASA’s Curiosity Rover reportedly spotted new photos of Mars with a “flower” embedded in a Martian rock, according to Space.com reports, January 6, 2013.

Based on reports, the so-called Mars “flower” photo was taken last December 19 by the microscope-like Mars Hand Lends Imager at the end of Curiosity’s robotic arm. Likewise, the rover has also found a snake-like rock formation winding across the Mars surface.

Reports added Curiosity has seen bits of clear plastic (pieces of the rover itself) on the surface of Mars before, but NASA officials said that doesn’t appear to be the case this time.

Guy Webster, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) spokesman told NBCNews.com that the object “appears to be part of the rock, not debris from the spacecraft.”

According to reports, Mars Rover Curiosity landed last August 5 for a two-year primary mission of determining whether Mars could have once been habitable for primitive microbial life.

Currently, it is driving toward a 5-kilometer mountain rising from the center of its Gale Crater landing site.



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