When it comes to Mars, many people immediately think of Curiosity. NASA’s Mars rover is conducting an in-depth study of a strange area in the Gale crater called Western Butte. “From the orbital imagery, it appears that someone has drawn a thick, thick, straight mark on the southeast side of Butte,” Melissa Rice, a planetary geologist from Western Washington University, wrote in an update this week.
(Photo from: NASA / JPL-Caltech, via Cnet)
On January 14th Curiosity took a picture of the landscape from the west side of the Lonely Peak, and the bottom looked a little shallow. The area is filled with dark sand that sets it apart from the surrounding landscape, and this strange groove has become the title of an article written by Melissa Rice.
It is reported that curiosity Rover’s main owner is to take more regional photos for scientists to study. “We don’t know how it came up and how it became, so we felt the need to stop and watch it,” says Milissa Rice.
The Curiosity team decided to name the ditch “Balgy Trough” by referring to Scotland’s scenic Balgy Falls. Previously, the team had often named new discoveries after Scottish landmarks.
From small circular knots to rocks that are coincidentally similar to the familiar Earth, Mars is filled with fascinating structures. As we learn more about the red planet, scientists are expected to solve more of its mysteries.