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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has returned some rather nice snaps of Martian moon Phobos, captured by the vehicle's High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE): Phobos. Pic: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona NASA explains that the above image (bigger version here) was taken "at a distance of about 6,800 kilometers …


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  1. Matthew

    That's no moon!

    You can clearly see the planet destroyer on the right hand side.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    Big Log

    Hi-res image of Phobos - or hi-res image from a medical textbook on bowel movements? You decide.

  3. Richard


    It's a basic Mr Potato Head Asteroid / Moon kit

  4. Nick Palmer

    Obvious fake... looks nothing LIKE the Unreal Tournament map!

    (Mines the one with the shield belt and minigun holster...)

  5. Jaap Stoel

    Its that the thing is brown-reddish

    If it was gold I'd say its a remote-controlled Death Star made by the scammer aliens!

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    No water?

  7. John


    A vermicious knid springs to mind

  8. Steven

    I for one...

    ...welcome our Phobos dwelling overlords.

  9. Chris Williams

    @I for one...

    You mean the infamous Leather Goddesses of Phobos, of course.

  10. Antony C. Roberts

    Anyone else see the sharp, bright object in the top left corner?

    Take a look at the hires images on NASAs site. At the top left, near the day/night line there is a very bright pointy object with a similarly pointy shadow. Wonder what that is...

  11. BigTim

    @ Chris

    Don't remind me! I never did get out of Cleveland.

  12. Neil
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    @Nick Palmer

    Have to agree, Nothing like PHOBOS from UTIII, what do these NASA types take us for, fools?

  13. ImaGnuber

    Love it

    Love these robot craft. So much more interesting than watching an astronaut do still another weightless backflip or some anonymous figure in a space suit floating around with Earth in the background.

    Yeah, I know. Weird that those events have become so mundane*.

    *Deliberate choice of word.

  14. Daniel B.

    Where's the UAC base?

    Clearly its fake, I can't find the giant star-shaped Gate or the UAC's space station.

    Mine's the green one, right next to the BFG 9000.

  15. Seán

    Fuck Trent

    Looks more like the butt on Venus.

  16. Mike Flugennock
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    It's not that those 'events' (human EVA) are mundane...'s that they've only become mundane because all you ever see in the background these days is the friggin' Earth. I mean, Dog bless her, I live on her and all, but I'm hoping I might still be alive when there's a chance to see people in suits with something besides the Earth in the background. It was so much more interesting, I remember, with, say, the Apennine Mountains in the background and the Earth about _yea_big_ hanging in a deep black sky.

    Not that I'm a Peak Oil cultist or anything, but being able to migrate out from your home planet sounds to me like a very handy skill to have...and besides, why should these goddamn' robots have all the fun?

  17. Mister Cheese

    @Anthony C. Roberts

    I believe that's the Cat's shiny thing.

  18. Adrian Esdaile

    To get out of Cleveland...

    "Don't remind me! I never did get out of Cleveland."

    Look for a pile of weeds in the yard.

    Push weeds, to reveal a black teleport disk.


    The brass underpants and untangling cream, thanks!

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