IF you missed the recent lunar eclipse, NASA JPL is providing video of the Mars moon Phobos eclipse from the surface of Mars. The silhouette of the Martian moon Phobos is seen as the moon passes in front of the sun, in imagery captured Nov. 9, 2010, by NASA’s Mars rover Opportunity. The rover’s panoramic camera took exposures four seconds apart that were combined into this 30-second Phobos eclipse movie.
Russia’s space agency is mounting a mission to the Mars moon Phobos to launch in November 2011 with a plan to land on Phobo in February 2013 and return a soil sample to Earth. The Fobos-Grunt spacecraft will be the first Russian interplanetary mission since the failed Mars 96 mission. If successful, this will be the first macroscopic extraterrestrial sample from a planetary body brought back to Earth since the last sample return mission by Luna 24 in 1976.