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Mars Moon Phobos 360 Animation | European Space Agency
The innermost moon of Mars, Phobos, is seen here in full 360 degree glory. The images were taken by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on ESA’s Mars Express at various times throughout the mission’s 10 years.

The moon’s parallel sets of grooves are perhaps the most striking feature, along with the giant 9 km-wide Stickney impact crater that dominates one face of the 27 x 22 x 18 km moon.

The origin of the moon’s grooves is a subject of much debate. One idea assumes that the crater chains are associated with impact events on the moon itself.

Another idea suggests they result from Phobos moving through streams of debris thrown up from impacts 6000 km away on the surface of Mars, with each ‘family’ of grooves corresponding to a different impact event.

Mars Express has imaged Phobos from a wide range of distances, but will make its closest flyby yet on December 29, 2013, at just 45 km above the moon.

Although this is too close to take images, gravity experiments will give insight into the interior structure of Phobos.

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Release Date: 20/12/2013

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Tortoises Orbited the Moon Before Astronauts Did

In September 1968, the Soviet Union launched the space probe Zond 5 on a mission to orbit the moon and test conditions as a prelude to a possible lunar mission by cosmonauts. In addition to a life-size human mannequin equipped with radiation detectors, the spacecraft carried a number of living passengers, including a pair of Russian tortoises that newspaper reports initially described as "turtles." After a week in space, Zond 5 returned to Earth and, despite a failure of crucial altitude detectors, successfully splashed down in the Indian Ocean.

Along with the other creatures, the tortoises were rescued and brought back to the Soviet Union for study. The Soviets revealed that the tortoises had lost about 10 percent of their body weight, and showed an "excessive content" of glycogen and iron in their liver tissue and some changes in their spleens. Otherwise, though, the tortoises remained active and showed no loss of appetite, according to NASA.
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Professor of Science and Media at the Lincoln School of Media, University of Lincoln. Writer, broadcaster and film maker.
I can make films and tell stories
  • The Attic Room
    CEO, 2005 - present
    Founder and Managing Director
  • BBC
    Producer/Director, 1995 - 2005
    Producer/Director - BBC Science
  • Discovery Channel
    Producer/Presenter, 2005 - 2009
    Producer/Director - 'Moon Machines' 'Moonwalk One'
  • Channel 4
    Freelance Producer/Driector, 2005 - 2007
    Producer/Director - 'In the Shadow of the Moon'
  • The British Antarctic Survey
    Curator, 1989 - 1990
  • Darlow Smithson
    Freelance Producer/Director, 2007 - 2007
  • Dox Productions
    Producer/Director, 2005 - 2009
    Produced and Directed on 'In the Shadow of the Moon' Exec Produced and Directed 'Moon Machines'
  • Impossible Pictures
    Producer/Director, 2003 - 2004
    Producer 'Space Odyssey - voyage to the planets'
  • Wide Eyed Entertainment
    Producer, 2009 - 2009
  • Kudos
    Science Advisor, 2010 - 2010
    Science Consultant - Outcasts
  • Ricochet
    Producer, 2011 - 2011
    Producer - Space Shuttle - the final mission
  • BBC Scotland
    Producer/Director, 2012 - 2012
    Producer/Director - Voyager - to the final frontier
  • Darlow Smithson
    Producer/Director, 2012 - 2012
    Producer/Director - Neil Armstrong - first man on the Moon
  • BBC Scotland
    Producer/Director, 2013 - 2013
    Producer/Director - The Fantastic Mr Feynman
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Writer, broadcaster and film maker, specialising in science and history
Christopher Riley is a British writer, broadcaster and film maker specialising in science and history of science.
  • Imperial College London
    PhD. Morphotectoncis, 1990 - 1995
  • University of Leicester
    B.Sc. Applied Geology, 1986 - 1989
  • Netherhall 6th Form
    A'Levels, 1984 - 1986
  • Sawston Village College
    O'Levels, 1980 - 1984
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This hotel is very overpriced. We were offered a room rate of $259 including breakfast when we checked in. And then in the morning they said breakfast was not included and that we must have been mistaken. When we checked out the rate had gone up to over $300 per room for things like parking.. etc. which they'd failed to inform us of. When we complained to the manager he just shrugged. We won't be staying there again!
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