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Phobos and Deimos, Curiosity sol 393

Filed under pretty pictures, amateur image processing, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory), many worlds, Phobos, Deimos, animation

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Phobos and Deimos, Curiosity sol 393 On sol 393 at 9:43 p.m. local time (September 14, 2013), Curiosity watched Phobos and Deimos pass each other in the sky. Like our moon, Deimos orbits Mars more slowly than Mars rotates, so appears to move from east to west across the sky. But Phobos orbits Mars more than three times per Mars day, and thus rises in the west and sets in the east.

NASA / JPL / MSSS / Emily Lakdawalla

Five photos captured on sol 393, rotated 90 degrees, hot pixels painted out.

Copyright holder: Emily Lakdawalla

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder. Original image data dated on or about September 14, 2013

 

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