Sometimes Mars looks like a familiar desert landscape. Another time, it reminds us that it is an alien planet. New photos from the ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter show the Red Planet in all its exotic glory.
One picture in particular looks like a hairy creature stretching on Mars after long legs. An image composed of colors shows what ESA describes as "the frenzy of devil's dust". In real color, the streaks would look dark red. The wild pattern is probably the result of hundreds or thousands of small dust devils that scour the landscape.
The ExoMars Color system and the stereoscopic surface display system (Cassis) also removed the difficult task of breaking the NASA InSight lander image.
The annotated version of the picture shows the lander, signs of an explosion at the end of 2018, thermal shield and rear ball and parachute. "For the first time, the European instrument has identified a lander and related equipment on the Red Planet," says ESA.
The InSight image gives the ExoMars team the assurance that Cassis will be able to document upcoming events, scheduled launch in mid-2020.
The ExoMars orbiter is on Mars since the end of 2016. In addition to recording images of the surface of Mars, the orbiter also tests atmospheric gases and helps transfer data from InSight back to Earth.
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