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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

Bennu from all angles montage, 2 November 2018

November 29, 2018

This set of images shows the asteroid Bennu rotating for one full revolution. Over 4 hours and 11 minutes on 2 November 2018, OSIRIS-REx's PolyCam acquired a 2.5-millisecond image for every 10 degrees of the asteroid’s rotation. At the time of imaging, Bennu was approximately 197 km from the spacecraft, and appeared approximately 200 pixels wide in PolyCam’s frame.

Drill workspace at Lake Orcadie as of sol 1982

April 17, 2018

A summary of the activities at Lake Orcadie from sols 1963 to 1982 (February 13 to March 4, 2018). The base image is a left Mastcam mosaic of the arm workspace from sol 1962, patched with some Navcam imagery.

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.

astronaut on Phobos
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