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Phil Stooke

Phil Stooke

Phil Stooke

Latest Blog Posts

How did China decide where to land its upcoming Moon missions?

September 20, 2017

How were the Chang'e 5 and 4 landing sites chosen? Space exploration historian Phil Stooke explains.

Finding spacecraft impacts on the Moon

February 20, 2017

Over nearly 60 years of spacecraft exploration of the Moon, lots of spacecraft have crashed on the lunar surface—some accidental, some intentional. Phil Stooke hunts for their impact sites.

Lunar Farside Landing Plans

May 27, 2016

Phil Stooke describes a research trip to the Regional Planetary Image Facility at the USGS in Flagstaff, where he discovered Jack Schmitt's proposed plans for a farside landing site for Apollo 17.

Latest Processed Space Images

Phobos from Mars Odyssey

October 20, 2017

The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) camera on NASA's Mars Odyssey acquired this view of Phobos on September 29, 2017. Stickney Crater is visible near the limb on the far left. More information here.

Nearly full Phobos from Curiosity

September 12, 2017

Taken in the wee hours of the morning on sol 1730 (18 Jun 2017). The image is a stack of six frames, enlarged by a factor of four.

Approaching Lutetia

February 09, 2014

Fifteen of the photos taken by Rosetta as it approached Lutetia. This montage was composed by Phil Stooke after a version released by the OSIRIS team; Stooke adjusted the contrast to bring out more detail in the brightly sunlit areas, and oriented the images so that north is approximately up. The second image in the sequence (one up from lower left corner) is approximately the same view as the final image, so the frames shown cover a full rotation of Lutetia.

astronaut on Phobos
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