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Sunlight Shines on Mars Moon in Detailed New Photos from Orbiter

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posted on Dec, 14 2019 @ 11:58 AM
The orbiter is ESA's Mars Express and the Moon Phobos , 41 images of Phobos were snapped at a distance of 1,500 miles by Mars Express last month grabbing an up close and personal look at details of the chunky rock.

Here they are handily stitched together so we don't have to create our own flip book.


The science team said it was especially pleased that Mars Express nabbed images of Phobos from several "phase angles," meaning the angle between the light source (which was the sun) and the observing spacecraft.

"Images acquired across a range of phase angles … are incredibly useful for scientists," ESA added. "Different shadows are cast as the sun's position changes relative to the target object: This illuminates and highlights the surface features and enables calculations of feature height, depth and relief and reveals much about the roughness, porosity and reflectivity of the surface material itself."

The spacecraft will get its next chance to capture images of Phobos in such direct solar light in April and September.

posted on Dec, 14 2019 @ 05:42 PM
a reply to: gortex

Dang, I was hoping to get a glimpse of the monolith

posted on Dec, 15 2019 @ 12:52 AM
a reply to: Quantumgamer1776

Didn’t you see the videos about the monolith? Someone tore it down a while ago. They were smashing it to pieces yelling something about Trump, racist, Nazi and some other stuff. Really upsetting, it was a nice picnic spot.

Very nice video of Phobus.


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