You need to upgrade your Flash Player The theme of this blog is not only and obviously space, but in particular “terrestrial worlds”, places that tend to have surfaces on which one could walk or at least attach oneself to. These places sometimes also have other earth-like familiar features such as atmospheres, weather, volcanos, geysers and perhaps, we are finding, even exotic oceans, rivers or lakes that are not necessarily made of familiar materials we are used to here at home. The second theme is imagery. Occasionally I do some retouching of images when needed if an image is incomplete or sometimes “dirty” or noisy. I will attempt to correct image shortcomings based upon other images or well-accepted presumed attributes. When this is done, notes will be offered as to what was added, why and sometimes how it was done. This way no one should ever wonder if something they are looking at is real or photoshop.

Phobos Hangs Above the Martian Horizon

Was reminded of this image in the current issue of The Planetary Report. It was taken by Mars Express in 2007 and is featured in a current article about the excellent Russian Phobos-Grunt mission planned for 2009. This mission marks a return to planetary exploration for the Russian space program and does so in a big way. The plan is to land on the Martian moon Phobos – take samples of its surface and return them back to Earth. Sample return missions are technically very difficult and in all of history the number of attempts numbers in the single digits.

Phobos Hangs Above the Martian Horizon

One Response to “Phobos Hangs Above the Martian Horizon”

  1. Ludovic Celle Says:

    Hi!
    Great blog! where I found some great pictures I hardly seen somewhere else! That was mostly in my search for Mars pictures. So, thanks for sharing so great space news and visual sources.
    This shot of Phobos is really good and actually shows that it’s a very small moon, though it has a great “face” !
    It’s very sad the Phobos-Grunt mission turned bad (recently this year 2012). The project was so exciting… I hope they will try again in the upcoming years. This moon is a terrific object of study!
    Talking about the size of Phobos, imagining it in its scale have inspired me this photomanipulation I’ve just made :
    http://davinci-marsdesign.blogspot.fr/2012/05/scale-of-phobos.html
    It’s not easy to place it in the atmosphere of my original photo, so it doesn’t feel as huge as I wanted, but it’s a start!
    This blog that I call Da Vinci - Mars Design is devoted to the illustration of Mars exploration and human settlement as seen in the novel Red Mars. I show there many pictures I make as a graphic artist. Hope you like ! ;)

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