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Q: Martian Stuff ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Martian Stuff
Category: Science > Astronomy
Asked by: mongolia-ga
List Price: $6.00
Posted: 15 Jul 2005 18:20 PDT
Expires: 14 Aug 2005 18:20 PDT
Question ID: 544039
I would like one or two or maybe three of the highest resolution
images so far obtained for both Martian Moons Phobos and Deimos.
Subject: Re: Martian Stuff
Answered By: crabcakes-ga on 15 Jul 2005 19:02 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Hi Mongolia,

   I've located several sizes of images for you for both Phobos and Deimos.


 Phobos, small size and information

Phobos High resolution close up

Photos and information

Several smaller images of Phobos


Phobos Bump


Smaller image of Deimos

Here is a high-res photo of Mars

There you go Mongolia. If these are not satisfactory, please request
an Answer Clarification, before rating.

Regards, Crabcakes

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Request for Answer Clarification by mongolia-ga on 16 Jul 2005 11:44 PDT
You have given me a lot of images but you have really failed to answer
my original question which i need HIGH RESOLUTION  images (of both
moons)and some judgement as to why they are the highest resolution
images around.

I myself can search on google images for images of Phobos and Deimos.
The images of Mars are irrelevent I did not ask for these.


Clarification of Answer by crabcakes-ga on 16 Jul 2005 12:15 PDT
Hi Mongolia,

    Thank you for your clarification. It helps to have additional
information on which to work.

   I'm sorry I did not meet your requirements. Most (except the
smaller images) are high resolution. What resolution do you require?
Are you interested in purchasing professional photos that have been
enhanced? I will search further, but I believe these are the highest
resolution you will find online.

  If you notice on this page,directly under the image, you are offered
a choice of downloading two formats of High resolution photos. The
.jpeg (.jpg) format is 1240px x 1754px. How fine of a resolution do
you need?

  Did you try printing them? Often it depends on your paper,settings
and software as how clear they came out.

I don't understand this "some judgement as to why they are the highest resolution
images around." This was not in your original question.

Also, I understand you did not ask for pictures of Mars, but I tossed
them in as it seemed you were interested int his topic. No charge for
Mars... !!!! Just a bonus. Usually customers are pleased to get
additional information, and I apologize that you were not.

 I wil be searching even finer resolution pictures for you. In the
meantime, could you clarify the resolution you need, because most of
what I gave you are considered high resolution.

I look forward to your clarification.

  Regards, Crabcakes

Request for Answer Clarification by mongolia-ga on 16 Jul 2005 13:25 PDT

OK fair point and I will make it easy. When I refer to resolution in
this case I am not really asking for resolution in the sense OF a high
quality image BUT resolution in terms of DETAIL photographed on each
moon. This could therefore could have more to do with the close
proximity of the spaceprobe to
the moons at the time it took the photographs. Therfore the resolution
is more to do with actual distance that say 1 cm on the photograph
represents. There are many glossy high quality images of both Phobos
and Deimos. These ARE NOT what i wish to see.
I am looking for a small number of the Highest resolution photographs
for each moon (2 or 3 per moon will suffice)
An example to perhaps illustrate my point further When the NEAR probe 
photographed the Asteroid EROS it sent back a series of photographs as it 
approached and crash landed on the Asteroid. The LAST photograph it
transmitted would have thus represented the highest resolution image.

As a final point , the anser to my question may indeed be one or more
of the many  possible images you have given me. But the whole point of
my question is that I wish the Higher resolution images to be
distinguished from bogstandard ones.

Hope this helps


Clarification of Answer by crabcakes-ga on 16 Jul 2005 13:47 PDT
Hi again, Mongolia,

Check ths site...
"Phobos is likely a captured asteroid and is a tiny object measuring
only 27 x 22 x 19 kilometers (17 x 13 x 12 miles) in size. The pixel
scale of the enlarged view of this moon is only 7 meters (20 feet),
nearly the highest ever achieved; and with the sharp vision of Mars
Express' High Resolution Stereo Camera, the details are sharper in
this image than in any previous one. The huge crater to the left side
is named Stickney. Image: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum)"
Considering the size of Phobos is even smaller than the size of Aruba,
I consider this to be very high detail and resolution! Note that it
says that this is the sharpest of any previous image!"

Nearly parallel sets of grooves cut across Phobos from upper left to
lower right in this zoomed view of the image above. Some of the
grooves appear to be obliterated by small craters, but the grooves cut
right across many other craters. Previous images of Phobos have not
been detailed enough to help planetary scientists tease out the
geologic history of Phobos and understand what exactly caused these
grooves. Image: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum)"

You  may sign up for the Planetary Society Updates on this page.

Highest resolution image yet taken of Phobos. NASA/JPL/MSSS image

I will continue searching for you.
Regards, Crabcakes

Clarification of Answer by crabcakes-ga on 16 Jul 2005 14:45 PDT
Close ups from Viking

This is the very highest resolution and detailed photo I could find of Phobos.
Coutesy of this site

Scroll down near the bottom of the page to see other close ups of Phobos

Looking down on Phobos

I'm afraid this is the best I can find.

Sincerely, Crabcakes
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