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The Russian and European joint orbital module made its first colour photographs of Mars

The CaSSIS (Color and Stereo Surface Imaging System) super-resolution camera, installed on the TGO (Trace Gas Orbiter) orbital module of the Russian and European joint mission ExoMars-2016, transmitеd to Earth its first colour photographs of the surface of the Red Planet. The press service of the University of Bern — scientists from this university participated in the preparation of the project — announced this on Thursday.
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«We were very pleased with the quality of the images, taking into account the lighting conditions. The CaSSIS camera can make a significant contribution to the study of carbon dioxide and water flows of Mars,» said Antoine Pommerol, a member of the research team.

Scientists managed to obtain for the first time images of the ice edge of the giant Korolev crater, located at the north pole of Mars. The probe made the photographs, each in different parts of the colour spectrum, on April 15, 2018, and then the three photographs were merged into a single composite image. The scientists plan to teach the probe to independently combine several images into one in the future.

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