New Hi-Res Views of Mars's ''Fear'' Moon Unveiled

Martian Moon Phobos
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Got 3-D glasses? Combining two recent hi-def images of Phobos created a stereo shot of the moon that provides a textured view of its pockmarked surface.

Astronomers hope the new images will teach them more about Phobos's origin and evolutionbefore the tiny moon self-destructs.

Gravitational forces are bringing Phobos 6 feet (1.8 meters) closer to Mars every century, and scientists think it will either crash land or rip apart within about 80 million years.

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—Image courtesy NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
 
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