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The tasks of the orbital are to study the methane sources on Mars that may or may not be a product biological activity on the red planet.
European Space Agency / RoscoMOS co-developed spacecraft Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) has returned its first photos of the Martian surface. Among the photos taken by the system of color and stereo images of the spacecraft (CaSSIS), is the image of the NASA land vehicle, the Columbus crater and the strange "hairy" structure of almost biological appearance
. Speaker Science Alert. The spacecraft, thermal shield and parachute can be seen as tiny points on the surface of the planet.
Earlier, the NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter ̵
Another stunning image is the strange hairy structure that looks like a tensile biological form. NASA scientists believe that this structure may be "hundreds, or perhaps even thousands of small Martian tornadoes," also known as "dusty dyavia."
"In real color the strips look dark red," the press release said.
TGO, developed by the Russian Space Agency and the Russian Space Agency, is part of the ExoMars program, which has the task of finding and exploring the sources of methane and water vapor, which are said to exist in the Martian atmosphere.
The presence of methane may indicate biological or seismic activity. If traces of methane were discovered in combination with propane or ethane, this suggests that life once existed on Mars. If it turns out that methane comes with sulfur dioxide, this indicates geological activity.