Phobos 360


Images from ESA’s Mars Express orbiter have been combined into a virtual rotation movie showing what the tiny moon would look like from an orbit around it. The rotation is actually a digital illusion: Phobos is tidally-locked with Mars and always keeps the same face toward its home planet as does our Moon. Phobos is losing about of centimeter of altitude a year and is expected to break up and crash onto Mars within the next 50 million years.

Video Credit: ESA

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