On Tuesday, the European Space Agency released the first photos from its ExoMars mission.

On board the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO), which arrived at Mars in mid-October, the instruments are powering up, including the Colour and Stereo Surface Imaging System (CaSSIS). Now, the camera’s first high-definition photos are streaming toward Earth, showing swaths of the Martian landscape.

“The first images we received are absolutely spectacular, – and it was only meant to be a test,” said Nicolas Thomas, CaSSIS team leader, at the University of Bern’s Center of Space and Habitability.

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