Sunday, September 11, 2005

Phobos and Deimos passing in the night

The NASA Mars Exploration Rover Spirit, has captured images of the night sky on Mars and the passage of the two moons Phobos and Deimos for the first time. According to NASA, the night time astrophotography of Mars' two moons was possible by taking advantage of extra solar energy collected during the day. Spirit acquired these enhanced-brightness images with the panoramic camera on the night of sol 585 (Aug. 26, 2005).

"It is incredibly cool to be running an observatory on another planet," said planetary scientist Jim Bell of Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., lead scientist for the panoramic cameras on Spirit and Opportunity.


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