Friday, January 21, 2011

Traces of Martian life in Ice on Mars and Mars Express Close Flybys of Martian Moon Phobos

ESA's Mars Express found layers of water ice and dust at the Martian north pole, and crater containing water ice. The ice is definitely frozen water since carbon dioxide ice had already disappeared from the north polar cap at the time the images were taken (late summer)

Credit: ESA

Mars Express has returned images from the Phobos flyby of 9 January 2011. Mars Express passed Mars’ largest moon at a distance of 100km. 

Stereo-1 channel image of Phobos
 

3D Image (red-cyan anaglyph) 

 
 SRC-Images

 Sequence of 5 HRSC-channels
 
 Planned landing site of the Russian Phobos-Grunt mission


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