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The smaller of the pair, Deimos, is rarely in the spotlight - even in images from NASA, which often show it together with Phobos
USA], Jul 21 (ANI): NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured Phobos
, one of Mars' two moons, during its orbital trek around the Red Planet.
Mars' misshapen moons, Phobos
and Deimos, might be all that's left of a larger family of moons that arose in the wake of a giant impact on the Red Planet billions of years ago, researchers report July 4 in Nature Geoscience.
Tender issueThe features of Phobos
differ from those in a planetary environment (gravity regolit composition orbital environment).
Exactly what will take place and when depends on the moon's interior structure, but in December's Nature Geoscience researchers Benjamin Black and Tushar Mittal (University of California, Berkeley) conclude that Phobos
won't simply plunge intact into Mars.
first appears near the lower center of the view and moves toward the top of the view.
If life on Mars exists or existed within the last 10 million years, a mission to Phobos
could yield our first evidence of life beyond Earth.
Last November, Russia launched the Phobos
-Grunt spacecraft to explore Phobos
, one of Mars's two moons.
This probe, launched on 2011 Nov 8, was intended to land on Phobos
and return a soil sample to Earth.
Russia''s space agency Roscosmos predicted that only between 20 and 30 fragments of the Phobos
probe with a total weight of up to 440 pounds would survive the re-entry and plummet to Earth.
Roscosmos predicts that only between 20 and 30 fragments of the Phobos
probe with a total weight of up to 200 kilograms (440 pounds) will survive the re-entry and plummet to Earth.