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Post by Dragon Mon Mar 07, 2022 2:44 am

NASA's Curiosity rover recently got up close and personal with a tiny, flower-like mineral deposit on the surface of Mars.

The beautiful branching rock, which is just 0.4 inch (1 centimeter) wide, looks a bit like a coral or a sponge.

Despite its likeness to a living organism, however, the deposit is not alive and is a fairly common sight across the Martian landscape.


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A photo of the "mineral flower" alongside other diagenetic features on the surface of Mars captured by NASA's Curiosity rover on Feb. 25.


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A black and white photo of the "Martian blueberries" on the Martian surface (left) and a close up of their surface (right), both taken by NASA's Opportunity rover on Feb. 9, 2004.


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Curiosity has actually seen these types of features before, which are called diagenetic crystal clusters.

Diagenetic means the recombination or rearrangement of minerals, and these features consist of three-dimensional crystal clusters, likely made of a combination of minerals.


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