NASA satellite spots lumpy moons of Mars: New footage shows potato-like 'ugly ducklings' orbiting the red planet

Mail Online | 2/15/2018 | Maggie O\
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NASA has captured new footage of the moons of Mars from 19 images taken by the THERMIS camera.

The film shows Mars' moons Phobos and Deimos.

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The pictures used to make the video were shot using visible-wavelength light, so that the human eye can view the footage.

The camera's name is an acronym for Thermal Emission Imaging System, and it is a feature of the orbiter Mars Odyssey.

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A statement from NASA explained how the video was created.

'The apparent motion is due to progression of the camera's pointing during the 17-second span of the February 15, 2018, observation, not from motion of the two moons,' the agency explained.

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The latest footage is the second observation of Phobos by Mars Odyssey; the first was on September 29, 2017.

'Researchers have been using THERMIS to examine Mars since early 2002, but the maneuver turning the orbiter around to point the camera at Phobos was developed only recently,' NASA added.

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At the time Phobos was observed, its...
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