Martian Moons Exploration (MMX) Mission News

Could MMX collect organic material from Phobos?

Could MMX collect organic material from Phobos?

Organics have been found in a 4-billion-year-old Martian meteorite, supporting the idea that water once flowed over Mars’s surface. Further hints to the red planet’s habitable past may be collected by the MMX spacecraft, having been deposited on the surface of Phobos during Mars’s history.

MMX Mission to proceed to the development phase!

This afternoon (19 February 2020), the MMX mission transitioned to become a JAXA Project: an official step in mission development authorised by the Japanese government. The mission was previously in the Pre-Project phase, where the focus was on research and analysis, such as simulating landings to improve spacecraft design. The focus will now move onto the development of mission hardware and software.

The secret story of creating the Lego MMX

The secret story of creating the Lego MMX

I am Keisuke Sugawara from JAXA’s Research and Development Department. My research usually focusses on artificial intelligence and support for Earth satellite projects but since last autumn, I have also begun to participate in the MMX project.

iSB, Go!

iSB, Go!

What a confusing title for an article! First of all, what is the "SB"? Let's start with this!

The first international meeting for the MMX Remote Sensing Consortium

The first international meeting for the MMX Remote Sensing Consortium

We have just held the first international meeting for the MMX* Remote Sensing Consortium. The meeting was held on the 9th and 10th of March, 2018 at Rikkyo University in Tokyo.

Constructing the model of the MMX spacecraft

Constructing the model of the MMX spacecraft

Recently, I have become intrigued by civil engineering. On one of my cycle routes through the mountains, there is a point where the road curves and a dam wall becomes visible. There are many different types of dams due to differences such as location, the construction period, the type of material (rock) and available transportation to the site. But in each case, the engineer has done their best to store the largest amount of water with the least amount of effort using the technology obtainable at the time. It is always a result I can appreciate!