Here we go again. This time the rock counters
are from the European Space Agency. The red rock image posted here is from 2008. The ESA site says they will post "new" images of this red rock at a future date. Following quotations are from ESA:
"4 March 2010 Mars Express encountered Phobos last night, smoothly skimming past at just 67 km, the closest any manmade object has ever approached Mars’ enigmatic moon. The data collected could help unlock the origin of not just Phobos but other ‘second generation’ moons. European Space Agency
Closest-ever flyby of Phobos went down smoothly - Spacecraft in excellent health
According to the bits of telemetry that just came through we have a healthy spacecraft all-around! Despite the heavy use of our batteries with long transmitter times during a season of long eclipses, the spacecraft is in good shape, showing that the flight control team's careful planning of the past weeks paid off.
With a new bag full of high-fidelity radio science data, researchers can now feed their number crunchers
for weeks to come. Stay tuned, however, as we have more exciting flybys coming up. The next one as early as Sunday! -- Hannes"
I WONDER HOW MUCH THESE NUMBER CRUNCHERS GET PAID. Oh well, everyone needs a job.