It sure looks like it’s in bloom, but this startling image taken by the ever-reliable Mars Rover might be nothing more than an accumulation of glistening mineral deposits knows as a phenocryst. Or maybe it was a leftover piece of something thrown up from an eons-old impact.
Whatever it is, this “flower” is keeping eyes glued to Mars, and I think that’s a good thing. We need a little mystery in our lives, and we need to keep believing in the hard facts that only science can provide.
Hear that, Creationists?
For more discussion, go to http://freethoughtblogs.com/zingularity/2013/01/04/curiosity-and-the-martian-flower.