ExoMar’s Trace Gas Orbiter captures a nice image of Mars
The contrasting colors of bright white water ice against rusty red marching earth are captured in this scene from ESARoscosmos ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, like powdered sugar on a rich red velvet cake.
The view of a 4 km wide crater in the north polar region of Vastitas Borealis, centered at 70.6 ° N230.3 ° E, is captured on this lovely image taken on July 5, 2021.
Vandis has partially filled the crater, which is especially prevalent on its north-facing slopes, which on average receive fewer hours of sunlight during the year.
The dark material on the crater rim, which gives it a burnt appearance, is most likely volcanic basalt.
The surrounding terrain is mostly devoid of ice, but it has been shaped by Aeolian processes.
Winds have removed the lighter iron oxide dust from the surface, exposing a slightly darker underlying substrate that forms the streaks at the bottom right of the image.
TGO landed on Mars in 2016 and began its full science mission the following year.
Not only does the spacecraft provide stunning images, but it also provides the most comprehensive inventory of the planet’s atmospheric gases and maps the planet’s surface for water-rich areas.
When the Rosalind Franklin rover and Kazachok platform arrive on Mars in 2023, it will also provide data relay services for the second ExoMars mission.