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Martian Moon Phobos

Image Title: Phobos
Release Date: September 25, 2006
Source: Mars Global Surveyor


This is my second version of this Mars Global Surveyor image of Phobos. I created this image by starting over from scratch with the raw Mars Global Surveyor PDS image file. Compared to my original rendition of this image - "The Martian Moon Phobos" - I opted to give Phobos more color and to refrain from performing any textural enhancements of the surface materials.

Phobos is the innermost of the two Martian moons, the other moon being Deimos. In fact, Phobos orbits closer to its parent planet Mars than any other moon in the solar system. This, combined with its small size, an average of 22 kilometers, explains why it was not discovered until 1877, when it was first observed by Asaph Hall at the U.S. Naval Observatory.

Source Image Background

The Phobos source image used here was acquired by the Mars Global Surveyor Narrow Angle Camera in June 2003.

Image Processing

All processing of this image was done using Adobe Photoshop. This includes noise removal, the application of false color and tonal adjustments. However, unlike in my original version of this image - "The Martian Moon Phobos", I performed no textural manipulation of Phobos' surface.

Wallpaper Download

I have created a compressed low resolution version of "Phobos" for use as a desktop wallpaper. This wallpaper version is made available for your personal use only. It is not to be modified or redistributed in any form by any means. All rights are retained by the artist.

Martian Moon Phobos Wallpaper
Phobos, 1024 x 768 Wallpaper Image by Jim Plaxco

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