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The Martian moons Phobos and Deimos

Date: 05 November 2009
Satellite: Mars Express
Depicts: Phobos and Deimos
Copyright: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin, CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

Phobos and Deimos raw (left panel) and processed images (right panel).

ESA's Mars Express orbiter imaged the Martian moons Phobos and Deimos together on 5 November 2009. The images were acquired with the Super Resolution Channel (SRC) of the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC). The camera took 130 images of the moons on 5 November at 9:14 CET in a span of 1.5 minutes at intervals of 1s, speeding up to 0.5-s intervals toward the end. The image resolution is 110 metres per pixel for Phobos and 240 metres per pixel for Deimos - Deimos was more than twice as far from the camera.

Phobos, the larger of the two moons, orbits closer to the Red Planet, circling it every 7 hours and 39 minutes. It travels faster relative to Mars than the Moon relative to Earth. It was 11 800 km from Mars Express when the images were taken. Deimos was 26 200 kilometres away.

 
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Last Update: 20 February 2015

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