from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The satellite of Mars that is second in distance from the planet.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A son of Ares (Latin: Mars).
- proper n. The outermost natural satellite of Mars.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A satellite of Mars, revolving about its primary in 30 hours and 18 minutes. It was discovered by Asaph Hall, of Washington, in 1877.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the outer of two small satellites of Mars
One of these, called Deimos, is only six miles in diameter, the other, named Phobos, is only seven, and both are exceedingly close to the primary and in rapid revolution.
Standing on the surface of this planet, my attention was easily attracted by the two frisky moons called Deimos and Phobos, at the small distance of 14,600 and 12,500 miles respectively.
This doesn't take much, because the attraction between even a big ship like the Tricorn and a tiny, tiny satellite such as Deimos isn't enough to matter; all that matters is getting the very considerable mass of the ship shoved free.
The names chosen for them were taken from the Iliad, where "Deimos" and
Mars, and is called Deimos, and the other, which is but sixteen hundred miles from the planet, is called Phobos by astronomers. "
"This is Titan spaceport calling Deimos spaceport!
Bride of Deimos by Etsuko Ikeda and Yuho Ashibe, published by ComicsOne but out of print
Deimos in Color was the previous entry in this blog.
That's why I believe that the next NASA mission -- after the establishment of a permanent base on the Moon -- should be the exploitation of the regolith resources of the moons of Mars (Phobos and Deimos).
NEOs happen to be those (as do Phobos and Deimos for the Mars system).