The European Space Agency's Mars Express yesterday skimmed past Martian moon Phobos at a distance of just 67km - the closest any manmade object has ever approached the "enigmatic" body. Mars Express image of Phobos. Pic: ESA The flyby was designed to capture the "most exquisite data yet about the gravitational field of Phobos" …
I smell a conspiracy !
Hang on, that's not a moon....
Definitely a skull. Cavity on the left when the nose was. Jaw underneath, and more cavities for various other sense organs.
Where's Amanfrommars when you need him?
I wanna know
How does a rock be "enigmatic"?
Do you work in IT? I sit beside many.
Because it's very different from Deimos
Most moons are solid, this one is not. People used to think this tiny moon was a captured asteroid, they were apparently wrong.
Not perhaps the greatest excitement, but still interesting
That's a mystery.
But one thing we do know for sure is that when Mars has a 8.6M marsquake the satellite will be able to breathe safely in its orbit.
'Doom laden' more like
Phobos is in a degrading orbit and very soon* it is going to pile into Mars with the force of a million Michael Bay movies.
* Very soon here is in geological terms. About 11 million years give or take a rise and fall of civilisation.
25-30 per cent voids
That's plenty of space for crew quarters, an engine room and a laser death cannon battery then.
Is it orbiting or just parked?
it's definitely a giant piece of rock.....next research project please...
Looks awfully like the Clanger's home 'planet', small, weak gravity and holes inside for the nut & bolt mine and the soup dragon's lair. They seem to have disguised the bin-lid covers well though...
Tux, because its the closest icon to a clanger.
Kids these days
10 comments so far and no-one has mentioned leather goddesses yet? Shame on you!
Beaten to the punch!
Is made of cheese. 30% of Phobos is holes; Phobos is made of cheese + holes, ie Swiss cheese.
And no mention of Thistledown...
Ideal Villans Lair
Although commuting back to Earth might be a bit time consuming.
Re: The Moon
100% of Phobos is Phobos. Any holes are not stuff and are therefore not Phobos.
And @Marcus Aurelius, how can a rock *not* be enigmatic?
But the real question is....
Have they found the Gate yet? Remind the UAC *not* to play with that interdimensional teleporter!
"Have they found the Gate yet?"
Yes they have. But the start up noise from the LHC is jamming it.
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