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Mars rover Curiosity finds Martian ‘flower’ and snake-like rock

Washington, Jan 6 (): Images snapped by NASA’s rover Curiosity have generated discussion on so-called ‘Martian-flower’ that some have said a “flower” is embedded in a Martian rock. The rover also has found a snake-like rock formation winding across the Red Planet’s surface.

The photographs were taken by the robotic arm-mounted on Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera, which took some close up images of the surface of a rocky outcrop at a place named “Yellowknife Bay” on December 19.

A strange, transparent formation was found at the lower left corner of the image which some claimed that resembled a flower more.

Few days back, Curiosity rover has located on the surface of Mars bits of clear plastic, which were proved later as pieces of the rover itself, but NASA officials said that does not appear to be the case this time. A NASA spokesman has said it appears to be part of the rock, not debris from spacecraft.

On January 4, NASA also revealed a new view of Curiosity’s present location on Mars. The rover is within a shallow depression called “Yellowknife Bay,” inside the vast Gale Crater. The image is a mosaic of photos that is dominated by a wiry, snake-like rock winding across its centre. These mosaic of images recorded by the NASA Mars rover Curiosity’s Navigation Camera during the 133 rd Martian day is called “Snake River.”

Curiosity stayed at Yellowknife Bay location from where the rover took pictures of its surroundings. In coming weeks, the team is evaluating possible first targets for use of Curiosity’s hammering drill. The drill will collect powdered samples from the interior of rocks for analysis by instruments inside the rover.

The rover currently driving toward a 3-mile-high (5 kilometers) mountain is rising up from the centre of its Gale Crater landing site.

NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Project is using Curiosity to evaluate whether the areas inside Gale Crater ever offered a habitable environment for microbes.