PIA17352: Smoothed Movie of Phobos Passing Deimos in Martian Sky


Smoothed Movie of Phobos Passing Deimos in Martian Sky

Caption:

This movie clip shows Phobos, the larger of the two moons of Mars, passing in front of the other Martian moon, Deimos, on Aug. 1, from the perspective of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity. The clip includes interpolated frames smoothing out the motion between frames from Curiosity's Mast Camera (Mastcam). Mastcam took images 1.4 seconds apart. With the interpolated frames, this clip has 10 frames per second. It runs for 20 seconds, matching the actual time elapsed.

Curiosity's observations of Phobos and Deimos help researchers make knowledge of the moons' orbits even more precise.

Background Info:

Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego, built and operates Mastcam. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the Mars Science Laboratory mission and the mission's Curiosity rover for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. The rover was designed, developed and assembled at JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

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

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Phobos Mars
System Mars
Target Type Satellite Planet
Mission Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Instrument Host Curiosity Rover
Host Type Rover
Instrument Mast Camera (MastCam)
Detector
Extra Keywords Grayscale, Movie
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2013-08-15
Date in Caption
Image Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems/Texas A&M Univ.
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA17352
Identifier PIA17352