this page honors Asaph Hall (1829-1907)

mars rocks

For more about Mars, see The Planet Mars: a History of Observation & Discovery, by William Sheehan.

While working as an astronomer at the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C., Asaph Hall discovered the two moon of Mars in August 1877. He named them Phobos and Deimos after the two attendants of the god Mars in Homer's Iliad.

"He spake, and summoned Fear and Flight to yoke his steeds."

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