One image in particular looks like a hairy creature stretching long legs across the surface on Mars. The color-composite image shows what ESA describes as a "dust devil frenzy." In actual color, the streaks would look dark red. The wild pattern is likely the result of hundreds or thousands of small dust devils scouring the landscape.
The ExoMars Colour and Stereo Surface Imaging System (Cassis) also pulled off the tricky feat of snapping an image of NASA's InSight lander.
An annotated version of the image points out the lander, blast marks from the late-2018 landing, the heat shield and the backshell and parachute. "It is the first time a European instrument has identified a lander and related equipment on the Red Planet," ESA says.
The InSight image gives the ExoMars team confidence Cassis will be able to document the upcoming ExoMars rover mission, scheduled to launch in mid-2020.
The ExoMars orbiter has been in residence at Mars since late 2016. Besides capturing images of the Mars surface, the orbiter is also investigating atmospheric gases and helping to relay data from InSight back to Earth.