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NASA Reveals PHOTOS of Martian Moon Looking Like Candy


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration revealed photos of the Martian moon Phobos during its full phase, which look like multi-coloured candies.


It is the first photo of this kind made by NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter, which caught the moon’s temperature range with a special infrared heat-vision camera.


Its camera, the Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS), can catch changes in Mars' surface temperature, depending on its textures and minerals.


Odyssey project scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena Jeffrey Plaut stated that this new image is “a kind of temperature bullseye — warmest in the middle and gradually cooler moving out."


Data about its abundance could give researchers a lead about Phobos’s past and guess whether it is a captured asteroid or Mars fragments, sent into space by a blast a long time ago.


However, Bandfield noted that the recent observations do not promise a breakthrough on the Martian moon’s origins but could give some data for future missions set to land there.






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