Nature’s wonder: NASA curiosity rover shares ‘mineral flower’ on Mars

Nature's wonder: NASA curiosity rover shares 'mineral flower' on Mars
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NASA’s Curiosity rover keeps sharing the never seen before pictures from Mars. This time it has sent a close-up shot of a tiny, flower-like mineral deposit on the surface of Mars.

The mineral is one centimeter wide branching rock that looks a bit like a coral or a sponge. Scientists believe it was likely formed when water still covered Mars.

Curiosity rover took the image of the mineral flower. It bears the resemblance to a living organism near Aeolis Mons. This point is also known as Mount Sharp which is situated at the heart of the 154 kilometers Gale crater on the Red Planet.

As per NASA, the mineral flower was clicked using an onboard focusing process, the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) aboard the Curiosity rover.

It is noteworthy here that the diagenetic features found on Mars are similar in size but can have either a branched shape or could be more rounded or even spherical.

Since 2012, Curiosity rover has discovered several other diagenetic features such as flower-like deposits from the Pahrump Hills area in 2015 and other diagenetic features from the Murray formation in 2019.

This discovery will also help scientists figure out when liquid water disappeared from Mars.

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