MAVEN Observes Mars Moon Phobos in the Mid- and Far-Ultraviolet

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(Image credits: University of Colorado Boulder/Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics/NASA)

Due to a recent close encounter between MAVEN and Mars’ moon Phobos, scientists at NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration are closer to solving the mystery of how the moon formed.

In late November and early December 2015, the ‪#‎MAVEN‬ mission made a series of close approaches to the ‪#‎Martian‬ moon Phobos, collecting data from within 300 miles (500 km) of the moon.

Among the data returned were spectral images of ‪#‎Phobos‬ in the ultraviolet. The images will allow MAVEN scientists to better assess the composition of this enigmatic object, whose origin is unknown.

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(Image credits: University of Colorado Boulder/Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics/NASA)