Months after landing on the red planet, NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity is still creating buzz with its latest findings. The most recent Curiosity news to captivate the Internet is a photo of a small rock formation that closely resembles a flower.

The so-called Martian flower was photographed by the Curiosity rover’s small Mars Hand Lens Imager on Dec. 19. The small, microscopelike camera captured a tiny, transparent rock formation with flared petals that strongly resemble an Earth flower.

NASA released the images publicly a few days ago, and Curiosity fansites such as Above Top Secret quickly took notice of the Martian flower.

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While Curiosity has photographed several small bits of plastic debris from the rover’s landing in the past, NASA appears to believe that this Martian flower is in fact a genuine product of the red planet, as opposed to debris from Curiosity itself.

"That appears to be part of the rock, not debris from the spacecraft,” Guy Webster, a representative of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, told NBC News via email.

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At the same time NASA released the Martian flower image, the space agency also published a large panorama of Curiosity’s current location. The depression, Yellowknife Bay, is inside the Gale Crater and is dominated by a curving line of rock that NASA scientists have dubbed Snake River.

"It's one piece of the puzzle," John Grotzinger, of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, said in a statement cited by Space.com. "It has a crosscutting relationship to the surrounding rock and appears to have formed after the deposition of the layer that it transects."

Curiosity has been on the surface of Mars since Aug. 6 and will continue its research mission for the next few years. Throughout this time, the rover will attempted to determine whether Mars is capable of hosting microbial life.