A Tocophobia comes from tocos meaning childbirth and phobos
30 ( ANI ): Mars Express made its closest fly-by yet of Red Planet's moon, Phobos
, skimming past at only 45 km above its surface, on Dec.
The Russian spacecraft Phobos
Grunt--which was to have returned a soil sample from Phobos
--failed to leave Earth orbit, and burned up upon re-entry on 2012 Jan 15.
It was a tricky shoot as Phobos
and its sister moon, Deimos, are closer to Mars than our Moon is to Earth, so they shoot across the sky relatively quickly.
On two recent days, Curiosity pointed the Mastcam at the sun and recorded images of Mars' two moons, Phobos
and Deimos, passing in front of the sun from the rover's point of 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.
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.
It's likely that Russia's Phobos
-Grunt spacecraft, launched November 8 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and aiming for the Mars moon Phobos
, will fall back to Earth--but where and when are still unknown.
It is designed to travel to the Martian moon of Phobos
, scoop up soil and return the sample to Earth by 2014.
Seriously, though, Grunt translates as Earth or soil, and Phobos
is the name of one of Mars' moons - the Russian probe's destination.