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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" …

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Alien

Cacodemons ?

Imps ?

I smell a conspiracy !

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Anonymous Coward

Not again:

Hang on, that's not a moon....

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Alien

Agreed.

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?

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Boffin

I wanna know

How does a rock be "enigmatic"?

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um...

Do you work in IT? I sit beside many.

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Boffin

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

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Headmaster

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.

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'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.

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Alien

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?

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yep...

it's definitely a giant piece of rock.....next research project please...

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Linux

Clangers?

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.

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Anonymous Coward

Kids these days

10 comments so far and no-one has mentioned leather goddesses yet? Shame on you!

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Unhappy

Damn!

Beaten to the punch!

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Boffin

The Moon

Is made of cheese. 30% of Phobos is holes; Phobos is made of cheese + holes, ie Swiss cheese.

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Eon

And no mention of Thistledown...

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Joke

Ideal Villans Lair

Although commuting back to Earth might be a bit time consuming.

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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?

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But the real question is....

Have they found the Gate yet? Remind the UAC *not* to play with that interdimensional teleporter!

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@Daniel B.

"Have they found the Gate yet?"

Yes they have. But the start up noise from the LHC is jamming it.

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