PIA17353: Before and After Occultation of Deimos by Phobos

Before and After Occultation of Deimos by Phobos


These six images from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity show the two moons of Mars moments before (left three) and after (right three) the larger moon, Phobos, occulted Deimos on Aug. 1, 2013. On each side, the top image is earlier in time than the ones beneath it.

Curiosity used the telephoto-lens camera of its two-camera Mast Camera (Mastcam) instrument to record this occultation.

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)
Extra Keywords Grayscale, Occultation
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2013-08-15
Date in Caption 2013-08-01
Image Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems/Texas A&M Univ.
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA17353
Identifier PIA17353