A satellite orbit Mars captured a beautiful view of our solar system.
The European Space Agency recently released footage shot this year using its Mars Express satellite, which has been capture detailed views of the Red Planet for nearly two decades.
Look at space Beyond Mars, we can see the small, grainy moon of the desert world Deimos traveling through the foreground of the image. Farther away, about 466 million miles away, is bright Jupiter and its four large moons: the fascination Europa, may contain an ocean; Io is covered in lava, the most active volcanic world in our solar system; Ganymede, the largest moon in our solar system; and Callisto, a crater-covered moon. In the video below, these four Galilean satellites – so named for the Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei, who discovered them with a telescope centuries ago – appear as white dots.
The space agency’s description of the scene includes 80 images: “First, Deimos passes in front of Jupiter’s moons Europa and Ganymede (left), followed by Jupiter (large white circle), Io and Callisto (right). Deimos’ movement in the sequence is caused by small vibrations after the spacecraft maneuvers into position.”
Two views of Mars’ moon Deimos.
Image provider: NASA / JPL-Caltech / University of Arizona
Like many moons, Deimos is covered in craters. But Deimos is quite small, about seven miles (Earth’s Moon more than 2,000 miles across), so when objects hit the tiny satellite, the exploding rocks and dust (“ejecta”) can escape into space instead of falling back to the surface, NASA explains.
Meanwhile, below the surface of Mars, scientists are scrutinizing The Martian desert gives any hint that primordial, microbial life may have once inhabited the planet.. There is still no evidence of life anywhere but Earth. But NASAThe car-sized Perseverance rover is currently exploring the dry river delta at the Jezero crater on Mars, a place planetary scientists believe once had a lake.
“This delta is one of the best locations on Mars for explorers to look for signs of past microscopic life.” NASA said.