The CaSSIS digicam onboard the ExoMars Hint Gasoline Orbiter has captured its 20 000th picture of Mars!
The picture, taken on 13 December 2020, options Solis Dorsum, a phase of a distinguished wrinkle ridge system in an enormous volcanic plateau, often known as Tharsis. Wrinkle ridges are tectonic options that kind in layered basalt lavas because of loading and flexure of the planet’s crust and higher mantle. These tectonic stresses are brought on by the planet’s inside cooling and subsequent contraction.
The examine of wrinkle ridges, and specifically their distribution and orientation, can reveal particulars of the advanced and dynamic geological historical past of Mars.
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The ExoMars programme is a joint endeavour between ESA and Roscosmos.