Images From Curiosity Show One Mars Moon Passes Another [VIDEO]

August 15, 2013 10:02 PM

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Images From Curiosity Show One Mars Moon Passes Another [VIDEO]

The images, which were taken by Curiosity’s telephoto-lens camera, Mastcam, on Aug. 1, are the first from the Martian surface to catch one moon eclipsing the other. According to scientists, the images are clear enough to reveal how the large craters on Phobos look like from the surface of Mars. They also believe that the observations will help researchers have a better understandings of the moons' orbits.

“The ultimate goal is to improve orbit knowledge enough that we can improve the measurement of the tides Phobos raises on the Martian solid surface, giving knowledge of the Martian interior,” Mark Lemmon of Texas A&M University said, in a statement.

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