Was Phobos Blasted Out of Mars?

Martian Moon Phobos May Have Been Formed by a Catastrophic Blast

"Scientists now have firm indications that the Martian satellite Phobos formed relatively near its current location via re-accretion of material blasted into Mars's orbit by some catastrophic event. Two independent approaches of compositional analyses of thermal infrared spectra, from ESA's Mars Express and NASA's Mars Global Surveyor missions, yield very similar conclusions. The re-accretion scenario is further strengthened by the measurements of Phobos's high porosity from the Mars Radio Science Experiment (MaRS) on board Mars Express."

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