View Full Version : Phobos Up Close from Mars Express

2008-Jul-30, 05:50 PM
On July 23, Europe's Mars Express spacecraft flew only 93 kilometers from Mars' moon Phobos, and took the most detailed images ever of the small, irregular moon. Additionally, the spacecraft made other close flybys during the past few weeks, and creating a variety of images. The moon's grooved surface can be seen in [...]

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2008-Jul-31, 10:01 AM
How this is reported on the BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7534300.stm)

Europe's Mars Express spacecraft has returned some remarkable close-up images of the Red Planet's Phobos moon.

The probe passed just 93km from the rock on 23 July, allowing its High Resolution Stereo Camera to take extremely detailed pictures.

Potato-shaped Phobos is 27km in its longest dimension and is thought to be a captured-asteroid or a remnant of the material that formed the planets.