Mars’ moon Phobos, which means ‘fear’ in ancient Greek, was captured by NASA’s Perseverance rover as it passed in front of the sun on February 8. From its position in Jezero Crater.
Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) 68 photos of this solar eclipse were uploaded In your persistence raw image repository.
pictures filmed Using the rover’s left Mastcam-Z camera One of two Exploration Imagers atop Perseverance’s neck-shaped mast, often used to obtain panoramic views of the Red Planet’s landscape, InformaSpace.com.
Phobos, first discovered by American astronomer Asaph Hall in 1877, is an asteroid-sized moon that orbits a few thousand kilometers above the surface of Mars and continues falling toward the planet. It must eventually break apart due to the gravitational forces of the Red Planet.
Phobos and Mars’ other moon, Deimos, have a mysterious history of formation: Scientists aren’t sure whether they came from the asteroid belt, from a collision, from the remains of the early Solar System, or from some other setting.
No spacecraft has yet been able to visit Phobos, although many people have built flyovers over the years. However, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) plans to send a Martian Moons Exploration (MMX) mission to Phobos in 2026.
The major task of MMX will be the return of samples., Collect dust from the small moon and then bring the grains back to Earth. The dust may provide more clues about the formation history of Phobos, as well as the atmosphere of Mars, as gas molecules blow into space and possibly Phobos itself.