This story is part of, our series exploring the red planet.
Mars is so cool, I can eat it, and a photo from the Trace Gas Orbiter spacecraft has boosted my desire for a snack on the Red Planet. The European Space Agency released the view In late December, he described the scene as «like sprinkling powdered sugar on a rich red cake.»
TGO is a joint mission of the European Space Agency and the Russian space agency Roscosmos. I looked down at Mars’ distinctive 2.5-mile (4-kilometre) wide crater in the middle of last year and snapped the amazing photo.
The cake-like appearance comes from the «contrasting colors of glossy white water ice with rusty red Martian soil,» the European Space Agency said in a statement. The crater is located in the region of Vastitas Borealis, a plains region near the north pole of the planet.
The white ice in the crater appears most strongly in places where it does not get much sunlight. The rim around the crater is likely caused by dark volcanic material, while the striped landscape surrounding the crater gets its appearance from wind action.
TGO is part of the ExoMars program of ESA and Roscosmos, which will do just thatlater this year. The spacecraft catalogs atmospheric gases and searches for water resources on and near the surface. I discovered what scientists suspected .
Given that food resources will likely be limiting for future human explorers on Mars, the planet may never host a true red cake. This hole will push us.