Thursday, July 23, 2009
Interesting video yesterday from CSPAN with Buzz Aldrin talking about not just the Moon but also Mars' moon Phobos, and the mysterious-looking monolith on the surface there:
The monolith he is talking about looks like this.
So what is it? Well, luckily we might not have to wait long. Russia is planning to launch its Phobos-Grunt probe in October, and it's a sample return mission that will also spend a few months in orbit around Phobos beforehand, and may be able to send us something back a little clearer. If it still looks mysterious after that then maybe we'll have to send a dedicated and/or manned mission.
Edit: there's also a "baby" monolith close to this one that you can see here. The line there isn't part of the original image.