NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now performing Sol 2648 duties.

Recent imagery by the robot includes photos of a strange trough while descending from Western Butte. Curiosity drove downhill and parked at the top of the trough, which has been named “Balgy.”

From the ground, Balgy looks like a shallow ditch filled with dark sand. Researchers don’t know what created this feature, or why it happens to be in this location.

Curiosity Left B Navigation Camera image taken on Sol 2645, January 14, 2020.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Curiosity Left B Navigation Camera image taken on Sol 2645, January 14, 2020.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

 

Curiosity Front Hazard Avoidance Camera Right B image acquired on Sol 2647, January 16, 2020.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Curiosity Right B Navigation Camera photo taken on Sol 2646, January 15, 2020.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Curiosity Right B Navigation Camera image acquired on Sol 2647, January 16, 2020.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Curiosity Mars Hand Lens Imager photo produced on Sol 2647, January 17, 2020.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Curiosity Right B Navigation Camera photo taken on Sol 2646, January 16, 2020.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

 

 

 

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