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Tidal forces are ripping Phobos apart already

The inner martian moon Phobos is doomed. Scientists have long known that it is spiraling in toward Mars, and will break up from tidal forces before it falls into the planet sometime in the next few tens of millions of … Continue reading

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Is Martian moon Phobos slowly falling apart?

The long, shallow grooves lining the surface of Phobos are likely early signs of the structural failure that will ultimately destroy this moon of Mars. Orbiting a mere 3,700 miles (6,000 kilometers) above the surface of Mars, Phobos is closer … Continue reading

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