ESA Mars Express Images Martian Moon Passing Jupiter

June 19, 2011 | By | Add a Comment
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The European Space Agency’s Mars Express spacecraft (which is currently orbiting Mars) has captured a series of images showing the Martian moon Phobos passing underneath Jupiter. At the moment when Phobos appeared directly under Jupiter, there was a distance of 11,389 km between the spacecraft and Phobos. Jupiter was 529 million kilometers further away.

Three frames from the series of 104 taken by Mars Express during the Phobos–Jupiter conjunction on 1 June 2011. Credits: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum)

A total of 104 images were captured. These were used to create an animation. The animation and further information can be found here on the European Space Agency website.

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