Images of Phobos captured by NASA’s Odyssey

For the first time images of the Martian moon, Phobos has taken by the world’s leading space agency NASA.  NASA’s Mars Odyssey has successfully captured the images. The Odyssey was able to take the photos after orbiting Mars around sixteen years.  The pictures that have taken by the orbiter shows some color-coded images which reveal the temperature of the red planet surface.

Odyssey orbiter’s Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) camera detected Phobos on September 29. Then by using visible wavelengths and infrared information the scientists developed and color-coded image of Phobo’s surface temperature. This success has given some vital information for the human mission outpost.

THEMIS Mission planner, Jonathon Hill informed that after 16 years the team has abled to turn the Odyssey toward the Red Planet. The research team allowed the Odyssey to capture the half-moon images and it has given the team more data to examine the variety of temperature that the moon has.

Image shows that the oblong-shaped Phobos has a diameter of around 22 kilometers. Before this photos, Mars orbiters cameras have already taken many photos, but no information was collected from those pictures.

The researchers further said that the information collected from THEMIS would help them to find out the origin of Phobos. Odyssey was started orbiting Mars in 2001, and till now it has sent many images having thermal properties, but for the first time, it captured the image of Martian moon.

After analyzing various bands and wavelengths, the scientists can get necessary information on the surface composition and the texture of the surface. The images also provided valuable information about the surface heats and cool.

Still, now there is an essential question about Phobos and Deimos, the smallest moon of the Red planet regarding their origin. It is now expected that the information will answer this question.

The picture taken by the Odyssey orbiter shows two different faces of Phobos. One is its pre-dawn darkness side, and other is its morning daylight side, informed the Victoria Hamilton, Deputy Principal Investigator of THEMIS.

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