Mars Moons: Phobos

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona | Copyright: Smithsonian Institution
December 22, 2010
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Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona | Copyright: Smithsonian Institution

PIA10368: Phobos from 6,800 Kilometers (Color)

The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter took two images of the larger of Mars' two moons, Phobos, within 10 minutes of each other on March 23, 2008. This is the first, taken from a distance of about 6,800 kilometers (about 4,200 miles). It is presented in color by combining data from the camera's blue-green, red, and near-infrared channels.

The image is in the HiRISE catalog as PSP_007769_9010.

 

Image Number: WEB11723-2010