Kiev. August 25. UN. The European-Martian Orbiter Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO), launched as part of the ExoMars mission, sent a photo of an unusually 5 km shift to Earth. The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; no tsunami alert was issued. The photo was posted on the European Space Agency’s ESA portal UNN.
Landslides on Earth and Mars are a dangerous natural phenomenon, and the movement of rocks under the influence of their own weight, slope erosion, flooding, seismic impacts, and other similar processes, their frequency and latitude depend on the current environmental conditions. On Mars, they come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but scientists need to use terrestrial analogs to understand all of these processes.
For this particular shear, the landslide area where the material landed is slightly beyond the scope of the image, however the shear tongue itself shows details in all its details, such as longitudinal grooves and flow ridges. Impact craters located above the landslide indicate that this event is far from recent, but it is difficult to establish the exact date of its formation.
The Trace Gas Orbiter landed on Mars in 2016, and only in 2018 did full scientific work begin. The orbiter not only sends images, but also studies atmospheric currents above the planet, maps its surface, and especially water bodies. It is also designed to relay data when the Rosolind Franklin Rose and landing platform Kazakh arrive on the planet to carry out the second Exomars mission. The expedition is scheduled for 2023.
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