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The Martian moon Phobos is spectacular in this close-up | Digital Trends Spanish


An incredible level of detail has been achieved by the Chinese probe Tianwen-1, which has taken a incredible image of Phobosone of the two moons that orbit Marsfrom just 3,160 miles away, and the level of detail is impressive.

The seven-mile-wide natural satellite’s shot of Tianwen-1 is so detailed that it can spot individual craters on its surface, including Öpik, an impact crater named after Estonian astronomer and astrophysicist Ernst Julius Öpik.

Phobos is the larger of Mars’ two moons, orbiting the planet from just 3,700 miles, which means Phobos orbits its parent planet in less than eight hours. For perspective, Earth’s Moon is more than 238,000 miles away and takes 27 days to complete one rotation.

Last month, the Tianwen-1 orbiter completed all of its assigned tasks, which involved taking medium-resolution images of the entirety of the Red Planet. Despite having completed its mission, the orbiter will continue to prepare for future scientific endeavors, according to CNN.

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