Curiosity Rover Samples

This collage shows the variety of soils found at landing sites on Mars.


NASA's Curiosity rover has captured an image of a flower-like structure on the surface of Mars.

The structure, called as 'Martian-flower', has added a new dimension to the belief that life is possible on the Red planet. The image was captured during NASA's Curiosity rover's effort to get images Yellowknife Bay.

In October, a similar kind of object was spotted on the surface of Mars but was later identified as a plastic piece dropped from rover itself. Scientists across the globe are also assessing a similar kind of possibility in this latest development as well. Some people believe that the object is a blooming flower.

Yahoo News quoted a commenter as saying: "The Albedo (or Reflectivity of Sun Light) of this object is very high, and its translucent appearance, the irregular conformation (like pistils) and the 'texture' of its wider areas is smooth, and seem that it is ground attached. This is the SECOND TRANSLUCENT ANOMALY detected by Curiosity in Gale Crater."

NASA spokesman Guy Webster too suggested that the object appeared like something attached to the ground.

"But the cluster appears to be part of the rock," he said.

"I would guess that the 'flower' was someone's descriptive term for its appearance, not meant as an interpretation that flowers exist on Mars," Webster told the Daily News.

In another development, Amitabh Ghosh, chairman of science operations group Mars Exploration Rover Mission, said on Friday that life on Mars will be found accidentally.

"Finding life on Mars is going to be serendipitous. If we don't find it, it does not mean that there is no life or that there was no life earlier. It just means that we are looking at the wrong place or that evidence of life has got destroyed," said Ghosh according to The Times of India.