See NASA’s InSight Lander On Mars from Space in This Satellite View!

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To mark the three-year anniversary of the Trace Gas Orbiter’s arrival at Mars, the European Space Agency (ESA) has released a stunning image it captured earlier this month of NASA’s InSight lander.

InSight touched down on Mars on Nov. 26 and has been at work ever since deploying its instruments and beginning to gather data. During the landing and since its arrival, a host of orbiters have checked in on the robot; ESA’s ExoMars mission is the latest to spot InSight.

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Space Orbiter Spots ‘Hairy Blue Spider’ on Mars

David Bowie sang about his sci-fi persona Ziggy Stardust performing with the Spiders from Mars, and now it turns out there’s a “spider” on Mars after all.

An image captured by a European Space Agency (ESA) orbiter recently showed what appears to be a very hairy, blue spider extending its “legs” across the Martian landscape.

But in reality, the so-called spider is a sprawling pattern left behind on a ridge by a frenzy of dust devils, when hundreds or even thousands of whirling tornadoes formed in the area, ESA representatives said yesterday (March 14) in a statement. [Seeing Things on Mars: A History of Martian Illusions]

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ESA Space Orbiter Detects ‘Hairy Blue Spider’ on Mars

Watch out: A European Space Agency (ESA) space orbiter recently spotted a ‘hairy blue spider’ on Mars, and its massive, ‘eight-legged frame’ appears to be sprawled across the Red Planet.

The strange sight, which was taken by the ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter’s Colour and Stereo Surface Imaging System (CaSSIS), shows the’Terra Sabaea region of Mars, according to an ESA press release.

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But, this isn’t a real’arthropod: It’s an eerie pattern that lies on the crest of one of Mars’ ridges, and might be a result of some dust devil activity, which involves the convergence of hundreds (or possibly thousands) of tiny martian tornadoes.

Stunning 3D Images Reveal a Blue ‘Hairy Structure’ on The Surface of Mars

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, which launched in 2016, just sent back some spectacular images of the Martian surface.

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The picture above might look like some kind of hairy structure, but it’s actually a false-colour image of the trails of hundreds or even thousands of dust devils ‘ small Martian tornadoes ‘ in the Terra Sabaea region of Mars.

The image below shows the Columbus Crater on Mars’ southern hemisphere ‘ which NASA discovered that sulfate particles contain hydrated minerals.

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A panoply of extremely cool ExoMars images taken from high above the Martian surface

Yesterday was the third anniversary of the launch of the European Space Agency/Roscomos’ ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO). It entered orbit around the red planet in October of that year and began examining the atmosphere of Mars, especially to get a handle on how much methane is there and where it might be coming from (traces of it have been seen on and off for years, but there’s no single good explanation for it).