Clearly seen on the photographs are a dark splotch apparently left by the lander’s exploding engines and bright spots interpreted as the lander’s parachute, heat shields and chunks of the blown-up probe itself.
The Schiaparelli lander, one component of the ExoMars 2016 project, which is being jointly implemented by the European Space Agency and Russia’s Roscosmos, slammed into the Martian surface on Meridian Plato close to the planet’s equator on October 19.
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter then spotted Schiaparelli's remains with its low-resolution camera, but the black-and-white images were not clear enough to show what really had happened to the lander.
On November 1, however, MRO used its High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera to obtain color images of the crash site and bring it into full focus.
The new photos allowed ESA’s technicians to make out details previously unseen in the low-contrast black-and white images.
ESA experts hope that further examination of the present images and of the ones NASA has promised to obtain two weeks from now, will help determine the exact cause of Schiaparelli’s crash.