An orbiter sent an unusual picture of an ice crater from Mars

(ORDO NEWS) — Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO), studying the atmosphere of Mars from orbit, has sent an unusual photo from the Red Planet. The photo shows the contrasting colors of bright white water ice against rusty red Martian soil.

An unusual photo was published on the website of the European Space Agency (ESA).

The Trace Gas orbiter captured the image on July 5, 2021 in the northern polar region of Mars in the Great Northern Plain, which is the largest lowland on the planet.

The photo shows a crater 4 km wide, partially filled with water ice. The dark material, visible at the edges, is composed of volcanic materials.

Most of the surrounding area is not covered with ice. The streaks in the lower right corner of the image are formed by wind blowing brighter iron oxide dust off the surface.

TGO arrived on Mars in 2016 and began a full science mission two years later. The spacecraft not only captures breathtaking images, but also detects the planet’s atmospheric gases and displays the surface of Mars in water.


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