Mars seems to be like ‘wealthy pink velvet cake’ in beautiful spacecraft picture

The pink planet seems to be ok to eat on this Trace Gas Orbiter picture of a crater. 
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Mars is so superior, I might simply eat it up. An picture from the Trace Gas Orbiter spacecraft has strengthened my want to snack on the pink planet. The European Space Agency launched the view in late December, describing the scene as being “like a sprinkle of powdered sugar on a wealthy pink velvet cake.”TGO is a joint mission from ESA and Russian house company Roscosmos. It appeared down on a particular 2.5-mile-wide (4-kilometer-wide) Martian crater in the course of final yr and snapped the exceptional picture. 

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The cake-like look comes from “the contrasting colours of vibrant white water-ice towards the rusty pink Martian soil,” ESA mentioned in a press release. The crater is positioned within the Vastitas Borealis area, a plains space close to the planet’s north pole.The white ice within the crater reveals up strongly in locations the place it does not get a lot daylight. The rim across the crater is probably going from darkish volcanic materials, whereas the streaky panorama surrounding the crater will get its look from wind motion. 

TGO is a part of ESA and Roscosmos’s ExoMars program, which can ship a rover to the planet later this yr. The spacecraft is cataloging atmospheric gases and on the lookout for water sources on and close to the floor. It detected what scientists suspect is “hidden water” in a large canyon on Mars. Considering that meals sources will possible be restricted for future human explorers on Mars, the planet may not ever host an actual pink velvet cake. This crater should tide us over.