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?

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