On May 13, 2018, the orbital TGO Mars apparatus was able to capture the view of the southern polar ice cap of the Red Planet.
Martian poles have gigantic ice caps resembling those of the Earth in Greenland and Antarctica. They consist of water ice and are deposited in layers with different amounts of dust. They are called Martian polar layers.
Thanks to massive canyons that cut through layered sediments, the orbiter can study the layered internal structure. The CaSSIS system (color and stereo surface visualization) on ExoMars studied the territory with a length of 7 x 38 km.
Here, CaSSIS shows residual deposits in the crater. Beautiful color and brightness variations of the layers are shown through the camera's color filters. Highlight bright ice and red sandy deposits in the upper part of the frame.
The ExoMars program is an example of cooperation between ESA and Roscosmos.