Sometimes Mars looks like a familiar desert landscape. At other times, it reminds us that it is an alien planet. New images of the ESA Roscosmos trace gas orbiter ExoMars show the red planet in all its exotic splendor.
In particular, a picture looks like a hairy creature stretching long legs across Mars on Mars. The color composite picture shows what the ESA calls a "dust devil frenzy". In actual color, the stripes would look dark red. The wild pattern is probably the result of hundreds or thousands of little dust devils wiping the landscape.
The ExoMars color and stereo surface imaging system (Cassis) has also replaced the tricky task of imaging an NASA InSight lander.
An annotated version of the image indicates the landing craft, explosives from the landing in late 201
The InSight image provides the ExoMars team with the assurance that Cassis can document Rovers' upcoming rover missionLaunched in mid-2020.
The ExoMars orbiter has been on Mars since the end of 2016. In addition to taking pictures of the Martian surface, the Orbiter also investigates atmospheric gases and helps relay data from InSight back to Earth.
ExoMars proved to be the perfect companion of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter