Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Phobos-Grunt, imaged from Nice, France

Thierry Legault once again has spun his magic and captured ground images of the Phobos-Grunt.  His web page indicates that the Phobos-Grunt is not spinning but is moving backwards with respect to the Sun and it's solar panels.  His page goes into great detail on the equipment he used and why it is a a challenge to capture photos of a satellite that is ~5 times smaller than the Space Shuttle.  The Phobos-Grunt is expected to come down some time around the middle of this month.  I found the YouTube version of Thierry's video via Phil Plait.