Animation of Phobos rotating from recent Mars Express flyby images
Posted By Emily Lakdawalla
2011/01/25 10:18 CST
On Friday I posted some terrific images of Phobos captured by Mars Express' High Resolution Stereo Camera. The views included a set of five images captured by the five panchromatic channels on the camera, each of which points in a different direction, some ahead and some behind the spacecraft, permitting different look angles on the moon. Now Daniel Macháček has colorized the images and run them through some morphing software to make a seamless animation that appears to show Phobos rotating before you. Way cool!
nimation of Martian moon Phobos made from five images taken by Mars Express spacecraft (HRSC camera). Artificially colorised to approximately true global color. Date 9.1.2011. Rotation at speed ~1°/s. Credit: ESA / DLR / FU Berlin (G.Neukum) / Daniel Macháček.
Here's the five images that Daniel started with: