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NASA captures colorful glimpses of Mars’ strange little moon Phobos

June 9th, 2020

NASA’s Odyssey orbiter captured stunning new infrared images of the bizarre Martian moon Phobos. Scientists have debated the origins of Phobos, and some believe it is either a chunk of Mars that was knocked off during an impact or an asteroid that was drawn in by the planet’s gravitational pull. Understanding what Phobos is made …

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Did Mars once have rings? Scientists say it’s possible

June 3rd, 2020

Mars may have once had rings, and researchers say the evidence may still be orbiting the planet today. Phobos, the tiny Martian moon, may have once been much larger, slowly getting closer to Mars until it was torn to shreds and formed a ring of dust and debris. That ring may have then coalesced into …

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Japan is going to bring a piece of Mars’ moon Phobos back to Earth

February 20th, 2020

With groups like NASA and the European Space Agency focusing largely on missions to explore Earth’s moon and Mars, the Japanese space agency JAXA is taking a chance on a different kind of mission. According to reports out of Japan, JAXA is currently planning on a trip to two Martian moons, and they’re evening planning …

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New study reveals secrets of Mars’ strangest moon, Phobos

November 21st, 2018

Of all the moons in our solar system, the Martian moon of Phobos might be the most interesting. It’s not a near-perfect sphere like most of the moons we see, and it almost looks like an overgrown asteroid just kind of hanging out in orbit around the Red Planet. It’s also covered in craters and …

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The tiny Mars moon Phobos might be the byproduct of a massive collision

September 25th, 2018

Mars is a pretty important place these days, what with space agencies around the world doing their best to get there and SpaceX suggesting it’ll have a Mars colony built within a decade, but there are some pretty interesting objects floating around Mars, too. Phobos, a tiny moon with a potato-like shape, has puzzled researchers …

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Gorgeous Hubble photo of Mars ‘photobombed’ by tiny moon

July 20th, 2017

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope consistently delivers breathtaking views of the planets in our galactic neighborhood, but when it set its sights on Mars recently for a series of snapshots it captured more than just Mars. After taking a series of 13 different images of the planet, astronomers realized that one of the tiny Martian moons, …