Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Phobos Flyby Wednesday night/Thursday morning
The ESA's Mars Express has been doing a series of flybys of Mars's tiny Moon Phobos. This will cumulate on Wednesday March 3 20:55 UT (Thursday morning 7:55 AEDST, 7:25 ACDST, 5:55 AWDST in Australia) with the probes closest approach of 67 Km from the 22 Km wide moonlet. You can keep up to date on the flyby at the Phobos flyby blog. Not only will this close pass give us stunning images of Phobos, but will return valuable data about its mass, composition and paves the way for other missions to Phobos.