Monday, November 15, 2004

Mars Express

ESA's Mars Express has just returned the first high resolution images of the Martian moon Phobos. Taken from a distance of less than 200km, these images have a resolution of 7m per pixel.

CREDIT: ESA
The latest image of Phobos

Phobos is thought to be in an unstable orbit, slowly spriallying towards the Martian surface, its eventual fate to be torn apart, or to impact on the surface. The Mars Express images places Phobos 5km ahead of its predicted position, providing evidence to support this theory.