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ESA/Roscosmos Spacecraft Sends Its First PHOTOS of Mars Surface


The orbiter is tasked with examining methane sources on Mars, which may or may not be a product of biological activity on the red planet.


The European Space Agency/Roscosmos jointly-developed spaceship Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) has returned its first of the Martian surface.


​Earlier, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter — which arrived to the red planet in 2018 — returned images of the lander, University of Bern press release says.


NASA scientists believe the structure may be "hundreds or maybe even thousands of smaller Martian tornadoes," also known as ‘dust devils.'


TGO, developed by Russia's Roscosmos and the European Space Agency is a part of ExoMars program, tasked with finding and examining sources of methane and water vapor, which is said to exist in the Martian atmosphere.


If methane traces were discovered in conjunction with propane or ethane, it would suggest that life once existed on Mars.






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