Mars Express Set for Phobos Flyby

A coloured view of Phobos made from images taken from two different flybys in March 2010. Credit: ESA/ DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum).

The Mars Express spacecraft will be making a very close flyby of the moon Phobos Sunday, January 9, 2011, at a distance of only 111 km from the center of the moon. The spacecraft actually is having eight different fairly close flybys of Phobos between December 20, 2010 and 16 January 2011, but this is the closest of that group. The Sunday buzz-by will be the third closest that Mars Express has performed during its time in orbit at Mars. The flyby speed will be about 3 km/s.

Olivier Witasse, ESA Project Scientist for Mars Express did a Q&A about the flyby with the Mars Express blog, which we’ll post below. (…) Read the rest of Mars Express Set for Phobos Flyby (470 words)

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