<p id="99b8" class="ix jl fr bk iz b ja jb jm jc jd jn je jf jo jg jh jp ji jj jq jk gp" data-selectable-paragraph="“>Deimos, meanwhile, maintains a safe distance of more than 20,000 km (nearly 12,500 miles) above the ruddy Martian surface.

Phobos and Deimos orbit Mars in highly-circular orbits, which would not be expected of captured asteroids. Image credit: The Cosmic Companion/Created in Universe Sandbox
Deimos, seen in a visualization, resembles a cratered potato in orbit over Mars. Image credit: The Cosmic Companion, created in NASA VTAD

This article was originally published on The Cosmic Companion by James Maynard, founder and publisher of The Cosmic Companion. He is a New England native turned desert rat in Tucson, where he lives with his lovely wife, Nicole, and Max the Cat. You can read this original piece here.

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