Pinning Down The Orbit of Phobos

Pinning Down The Orbit of Phobos

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Phobos is a moon orbiting around Mars and a strange one at that. There are no confirmed theories as to how this moon and its partner Deimos came to appear and orbit as they do. However, our understanding improved a bit recently when the Mars Express spacecraft’s signal to Earth was lost as Phobos passed between the craft and us. This loss of signal reveals more information on the orbit of Phobos. All this information could be useful as this moon is considered to be a prime location for landing a spacecraft and setting up a base in the future.

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ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum)

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