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In the study conducted at the Zurich Federal Institute of Technology, it was concluded that Phobos and Deimos, which were a whole in the past, may have been shattered by the impact of another object.
According to the report of the Phys.org website, the study conducted under the leadership of Emir Hüseyin Bagheri from the Zurich Federal Institute of Technology, concluded that Phobos and Deimos, who were a whole in the past, may have been broken into pieces as a result of the impact of another object.
Astronomers conducted simulation studies that traced the orbits of Mars’ moons over time to investigate the truth behind these shapes of Phobos and Deimos, which, unlike Earth’s moon, are likened to potatoes due to their formlessness.
In the study, the seismic data of the American Space and Aviation Agency (NASA) vehicle Insight on Mars were also used.
Simulations that act like digital time machines in detecting the orbits of satellites have revealed that the orbits of Phobos and Deimos once crossed, so the satellites could have been a single object in the past.
“Phobos and Deimos are the remains of (Mars’) lost bear,” says Bagheri, as details of the work are published in the journal Nature Astronomy. made its evaluation.
The diameter of the moons of Mars, Phobos, is 22 kilometers, and that of Deimos is 12 kilometers. The diameter of the Earth’s moon, the Moon, is 3 thousand 474 kilometers.