Is there life on Mars? Was there? That's the question again being asked after NASA published a photo taken by the Curiosity rover which seems to show a fossilized, crystalline "flower" similar to those discovered on Earth.
The picture was snapped on Dec. 19, 2012, but has only just been uploaded and widely studied by JPL scientists and the public. At this early stage, it's impossible to tell exactly what the "fossil" is, but officials have already ruled out the possibility it's debris fallen from the rover itself.
NASA spokesman Guy Webster stated that the anomaly "appears to be part of the rock, not debris from the spacecraft."
Could it be possible? If so, it would be a stupendous find.
It's been proven that Mars once had running water on its surface and ice covers both poles of the planet. Meteorites which have fallen to Earth revealed water molecules present upon microscopic study.
Was Mars once a verdant host for simple life forms?
As the story unfolds, more details are sure to emerge.
What do you think? Was there ever life on Mars? Could there be life present now?
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