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Old 09-10-2011, 06:12 PM
 
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The location where the "monlith was found"..It is a boulder, nothing more.
Are you sure that's an image of Phobos?
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Old 09-10-2011, 07:10 PM
 
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Are you sure that's an image of Phobos?
Yes.

"The 'monolith', was snapped from 165 miles away using a special high resolution camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter."

Has the mystery of the Mars 'Monolith' been solved? | Mail Online

This is the original HiRise image taken of the area where the "Monolith" was found. The circle highlights that area.
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Old 09-10-2011, 07:13 PM
 
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Oops, apparently this is one of an alleged "monolith" found on Mars, not the one on Phobos. My mistake. Here is the one for Phobos:

Phobos monolith - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 09-10-2011, 08:23 PM
 
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Oops, apparently this is one of an alleged "monolith" found on Mars, not the one on Phobos. My mistake. Here is the one for Phobos:

Phobos monolith - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The image shown by Mail Online appears to show dunes on the surface of Mars. I did a blowup of the "dunes" image and don't see a single thing that even remotely resembles an "alleged monolith". Do you see anything? Oddly, the caption Mail Online includes with the dunes pic does state it's "...where the rectangular feature was discovered", giving the impression it's suppose to be an image of Phobos. They really screwed that up. Some of the comments with the article noticed the screwup too.

Phobos has a number of features, but no dunes. There's no wind or air there. The so-called "monolith" on Phobos is located near the Phobos-Grunt proposed by the Russians as a mission site. Most likely, it's a broken bedrock fragment ejected from a collision that landed in an odd position. Phobos has an enormous crater from an impact.
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Old 09-10-2011, 08:51 PM
 
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Apparently there are plans to send a probe there. Officially, it's because there's a good chance of finding potentially interesting stuff uncovered by the asteroid impact. Still, it's strange to me to see old Buzz get so excited by it....
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