This movie clip shows Phobos, the larger of the two moons of Mars, passing overhead, as observed by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity in a series of images centered straight overhead starting shortly after sunset. Phobos first appears near the lower center of the view and moves toward the top of the view. The clip runs at accelerated speed; the amount of time covered in it is about 27 minutes.
Reuters (Feb. 27, 2013) American entrepreneur, Dennis Tito, says he wants to launch a manned mission to Mars in January 2018, but researchers at NASA and Stanford University argue that it may be better to visit the ... watch video
Newsy (Feb. 13, 2014) Reports of the passing of Jade Rabbit appear to be a bit premature. Reports now say the lunar explorer has bounced back from the brink of death.
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NASA (Mar. 4, 2014) Jane Houston Jones: What's Up for March. Watch starlight get blocked by a passing asteroid, planets march across the sky and a lunar eclipse preview.
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Reuters - US Online Video (Oct. 8, 2014) Early risers across much of the world witnessed a total lunar eclipse overnight, the coppery, reddish "blood moon" passing into Earth's shadow. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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AP (June 6, 2012) Crowds were flocking to look at the rare sight of Venus passing in front of the sun Tuesday and Wednesday, depending on the location of their vantage point. The next transit of the planet isn't set ... watch video
Feb. 1, 2016 The origin of matter in the universe has puzzled physicists for generations. Today, we know that matter only accounts for 5 percent of our universe; another 25 percent is constituted of dark matter. ... read more
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Aug. 30, 2013 Images taken with a telephoto-lens camera on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity catch the larger of Mars' two moons, Phobos, passing directly in front of the sun -- the sharpest images of a solar ... read more
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June 17, 2011 Earlier this month, ESA's Mars Express performed a special maneuver to observe an unusual alignment of Jupiter and the martian moon Phobos. The impressive images of this rare event are now ... read more