A piece of Switzerland is going to Mars

On Monday March 14th, the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) was launched into to the space to search traces of biological life on Mars. One of the instrument on board is named CaSSIS (Colour and Stereo Surface Imaging System), which is a Swiss-made camera with high-resolution able to take 3D colour photos of the Red Planet’s surface.

The camera was built in 23 months by a team of scientists and engineers from around the world. Switzerland contributed with expertise from the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology in Lausanne and Zurich but also with Swiss-made elements of the camera. The development of this camera was led by Dr. Nicolas Thomas of the University of Bern Space Research Planetary Sciences Division.

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