Dec 29 2013
Well if they didn’t, they should have!
Lyrics from “Close to You” by Burt Bacharach and Hal David; recorded by the Carpenters, 1970…
Why do stars fall down from the sky
Every time you walk by?
Just like me, they long to be
Close to you
Only a short time ago (11:09 pm, 12/28/13 California time) the Mars Express spacecraft made the closest approach ever to Phobos — only 28 miles (45 km) above its fascinating surface!
CONGRATULATIONS TO ESA and the Mars Express team!!
It’s too fast and close to take images but the trajectory data — currently being received by the 70 m NASA tracking station in Madrid — will be used to better constrain the structure of Phobos’ very porous interior!
On the day that you were born the angels got together
And decided to create a dream come true
So they sprinkled moon dust …
Phobos is truly a “dream come true” especially every 2 years when a launch window opens that makes Phobos (and Deimos) more accessible energy-wise than a trip to the lunar surface!
For those of us who crave the human exploration of Mars, Phobos is indeed the key to the cosmos!
Just so you know what Mars Express must have been feeling this morning, here’s an encore performance of “Close To You”; CLICK Here.