Image Source: NASA/Space.com

BY KERRY LEARY

ANCHOR JASMINE BAILEY

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No... looks like a flower was spotted on Mars by NASA’s Curiosity Rover. Space.com has some of the flower’s history.
 

The so-called Mars "flower" photo was snapped on Dec. 19 by the microscope-like Mars Hand Lends Imager at the end of Curiosity's robotic arm. At the lower left of the image is a strange, apparently transparent formation that some Internet forum users on the rover’s official website claimed looked much like a flower.

NASA posted a raw version of the photo online to get some input as well. NBC’s Alan Boyle adds:

“I initially suspected that the flower was a tiny shred of plastic from the rover itself … However, some of the folks commenting on the pictures noted that the object seemed to be embedded in the rock — which would argue against my hypothesis.”

Boyle goes on to say he asked a NASA spokesman about his hypothesis... which the spokesman denied, noting quote "That appears to be part of the rock, not debris from the spacecraft." And that isn’t the only recent discovery. Science Recorder notes:

NASA released a mosaic image in an effort to capture 360-degree panorama images of Yellowknife Bay, which shows dark, snake-like rock formations winding across Mars. NASA scientists named the new discovery “Snake River.”

The $2.5 billion rover is on a two-year mission, which began August 5, 2012, to find out whether Mars ever offered a habitable environment for living things. So if there really are flowers sprouting up on Mars, we would like to think that would be a pretty expensive bouquet to bring home to the Missus.
 

Mars Rover Curiosity Finds Alleged 'Flower'

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Mars Rover Curiosity Finds Alleged 'Flower'

Image Source: NASA/Space.com

BY KERRY LEARY

ANCHOR JASMINE BAILEY

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No... looks like a flower was spotted on Mars by NASA’s Curiosity Rover. Space.com has some of the flower’s history.
 

The so-called Mars "flower" photo was snapped on Dec. 19 by the microscope-like Mars Hand Lends Imager at the end of Curiosity's robotic arm. At the lower left of the image is a strange, apparently transparent formation that some Internet forum users on the rover’s official website claimed looked much like a flower.

NASA posted a raw version of the photo online to get some input as well. NBC’s Alan Boyle adds:

“I initially suspected that the flower was a tiny shred of plastic from the rover itself … However, some of the folks commenting on the pictures noted that the object seemed to be embedded in the rock — which would argue against my hypothesis.”

Boyle goes on to say he asked a NASA spokesman about his hypothesis... which the spokesman denied, noting quote "That appears to be part of the rock, not debris from the spacecraft." And that isn’t the only recent discovery. Science Recorder notes:

NASA released a mosaic image in an effort to capture 360-degree panorama images of Yellowknife Bay, which shows dark, snake-like rock formations winding across Mars. NASA scientists named the new discovery “Snake River.”

The $2.5 billion rover is on a two-year mission, which began August 5, 2012, to find out whether Mars ever offered a habitable environment for living things. So if there really are flowers sprouting up on Mars, we would like to think that would be a pretty expensive bouquet to bring home to the Missus.
 

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