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View Full Version : Mars’ Moon Phobos Undergoing ‘Structural Failure’



Fraser
2015-Nov-10, 11:00 PM
We’ve said it before: Mars’ moon Phobos is doomed. But a new study indicates it might be worse than we thought. One of the most striking features we see on images of Phobos is the parallel sets of grooves on the moon’s surface. They were originally thought to be fractures caused by an impact long […]

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mkline55
2015-Nov-19, 01:53 PM
Since Phobos' rotation is synchronized with its orbital period, what creates the assumed tidal forces for this study? Is it the orbital eccentricity alone, or is there something else?