A new international study has suggested the new surprising view, according to which Mars eventually may become a ringed planet, thanks to the debris and trashes produced by the planet’s two moons – Phobos and Deimos.
Is Mars going to be the next Saturn? This is the most recent question that has pushed forward astronomers and scientists into a new puzzling edge. The flotsam and jetsam, generated by the Moon of Mars – Phobos and Deimos are creating Saturn-like “rings” around the Red Planet, resulting in the possibility of Mars becoming the second Saturn.
Data from the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) satellite suggests that its parent planet is already destroying Phobos and in a few million years Phobos – and perhaps Deimos too – could be destroyed by their mother planet
The data has sourced from the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) satellite, which is exploring Mars since 2013. The study, led by Jayesh Pabari of the Physical Research Laboratory in Ahmedabad, India, and his colleagues has revealed that, even though most of the dust cloud of Mars is interplanetary, but nearly, 0.6% dust cloud is being generated by Red Planet’s moon – Phobos and Deimos. The satellite data also has shown how the debris of both moons is already circling Mars, creating a Saturn-like ring outside of the planet.
For conducting the study and getting precise aftermath, the team monitored the dust particles, orbiting Mars at between 93 miles and 620 miles (150 – 1000km). By observing MAVEN dust measurements, the researchers also have found how many asteroids and meteoroids have bumped into Mars and its moons.
As highlighted by the study, Mars is cleaving away its two moons, and caustic waves and celestial forces are attributing to a Saturn-style ring, being generated around Mars. Satellite data also shows that dust from Phobos and Deimos is already orbiting the Red Planet and in a few million years, Mars will completely compress its two moons – Phobos and Deimos and the debris created from this destruction episode may create a Saturn-styled ring around the planet.
Now, the lead scientist of the research, Pabari is also proposing a potential dust exploration and examination mission called the Mars Orbit Dust Experiment (MODEX).