On Sunday, at 5:17 p.m. GMT (12:17 p.m. EST), Europe's Mars Express orbiter successfully completed a daring low-pass of Mars' largest moon Phobos. Continue reading →
In a daredevil flyby, the European Mars Express satellite will buzz Phobos, the red planet's largest of two moons. But there's a catch -- this isn't a photo opportunity.
Apparently Mars' moon, Phobos, was formed from rocks blasted off the Martian surface in a catastrophic event.
A Zenit rocket blasted off from Kazakhstan on Tuesday with a Russian spacecraft to return samples from the Martian moon Phobos and a Chinese probe designed to spend a year studying Mars.