This series of images shows the Martian moon Deimos as it crossed in front of the Sun, as seen by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.

April 4, 2019

This series of images shows the Martian moon Deimos as it crossed in front of the Sun, as seen by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on Sunday, March 17, 2019 (the 2,350th Martian day, or sol, of the mission).

The images were captured by Curiosity's telephoto-lens camera, called its Mast Camera pair (right Mastcam). The images have been sped up by a factor of 10. Deimos is small enough that scientists consider it a transit rather than an eclipse. The Deimos transit lasted several minutes.

Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego, built and operates Mastcam. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the Mars Science Laboratory mission and the mission's Curiosity rover for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. The rover was designed, developed and assembled at JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

For more information about Curiosity, visit: https://mars.nasa.gov/msl/

For more information about Mars, visit: https://mars.nasa.gov

Credit

NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

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