Curiosity Rover Snaps Epic Photo Of Mars' Moon Phobos

Friday, 02 May 2014 - 4:44PM
NASA
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Friday, 02 May 2014 - 4:44PM
Curiosity Rover Snaps Epic Photo Of Mars' Moon Phobos

This is becoming something of a habit for NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover, but it has just gone and blown our minds once again. Following up from yesterday's brilliant 360 Panorama, Curiosity has just snapped this image of Phobos in the Martian night sky.

 

Phobos is the smallest of two moons that orbit Mars, and when we say small, we mean it. At just 11km wide, it's really more of a domesticated asteroid, but that doesn't stop it from glowing as bright as day in this incredibly moody photo. Don't be fooled by the bright show being put on by Phobos in this photo, though, because it is actually the darkest moon in our solar system. Phobos holds this prized title thanks to having a composition of ice and incredibly dark rock.

 

For a hi-res version of the image click here. If like us, you have fallen in love with this enchanting little moon, you can check out a whole gallery of images from NASA, right here.

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