PIA17270: Phobos Passing Overhead


Phobos Passing Overhead

Caption:

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This movie clip shows Phobos, the larger of the two moons of Mars, passing overhead, as observed by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity in a series of images centered straight overhead starting shortly after sunset. Phobos first appears near the lower center of the view and moves toward the top of the view. The clip runs at accelerated speed; the amount of time covered in it is about 27 minutes.

The 86 frames combined into this clip were taken by the rover's Navigation Camera (Navcam) on the 317th Martian day of Curiosity's work on Mars (June 28, 2013, PDT). The apparent ring about halfway between the center of the frames and the edges is an artifact of the imaging due to scattering of light inside the camera.

Background Info:

JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, manages the Mars Science Laboratory Project for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. JPL designed and built the project's Curiosity rover.

For more about NASA's Curiosity mission, visit: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/msl , http://www.nasa.gov/mars , and http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl .

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Phobos Mars, Sun
System Mars
Target Type Satellite Planet, Sun
Mission Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Instrument Host Curiosity Rover
Host Type Rover
Instrument Navigation Camera (Navcam)
Detector
Extra Keywords Grayscale, Movie
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2013-07-02
Date in Caption 2013-06-28
Image Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA17270
Identifier PIA17270