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NASA Captures Photo of Phobos, Mars’ Most Mysterious Moon

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NASA recently released a brand new image they’ve captured of Phobos, Mars’ most mysterious moon. They’ve been conducting research into how Phobos was formed; its unusual orbit, its surface features, and other factors piqued NASA’s curiosity. So, as a part of the MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) mission, they snapped this photo of Phobos in ultraviolet light, capturing the mid-ultraviolet light reflected off the moon’s surface (orange sunlight) and the far-ultraviolet light of Mars’ upper atmosphere (blue dots).

Foremost in MAVEN scientists’ minds is the hope that they’ll find out more about potential organic molecules on the moon’s surface. A Mars Express spacecraft found evidence of these molecules, and MAVEN hopes to secure even more proof that these molecules exist.

(via LiveScience, image via NASA)

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