Martian Moons Exploration (MMX) Mission News

Preparing for the unexpected:  a second way to sample a moon

Preparing for the unexpected: a second way to sample a moon

No one has ever visited the moons of Mars. Exactly what these two small worlds are like is therefore a mystery. This presents our Martian Moon eXploration (MMX) Mission with a major challenge: successfully gathering a sample of soil from unknown terrain and returning it to Earth.

Phobos and Deimos: a bridge between scientific investigations and human exploration at NASA Forum

Phobos and Deimos: a bridge between scientific investigations and human exploration at NASA Forum

The moons of Mars, whose origin will be probed by the Martian Moons eXploration (MMX) mission, are intriguing to scientists for many reasons--but at the 2017 NASA Exploration Science Forum, held on 18-20 July, 2017 at NASA’s Ames Research Center, their potential to enable human exploration of the Solar System was brought to the forefront as well. 

Gravity both too strong and too weak: landing on the Martian moons

Gravity both too strong and too weak: landing on the Martian moons

To successfully sample the rocks of Phobos or Deimos, the Martian Moon eXploration (MMX) spacecraft must be able to secure...

Open Campus at JAXA Sagamihara!

Open Campus at JAXA Sagamihara!

On Friday August 25th and Saturday August 26th, our JAXA Sagamihara Campus will have a special public open day!

Visiting the French team to design our MacrOmega Instrument

Visiting the French team to design our MacrOmega Instrument

The Martian Moons eXploration (MMX) mission will bring back samples from one of the two moons of Mars to probe early Solar System history and the processes that formed the Martian moons--but to achieve the mission’s goals, those samples need to be representative of the rest of the surface. How will mission planners decide where to land, and which samples to bring back?

Designing Equipment to Bite a Moon

Designing Equipment to Bite a Moon

A major component of the Martian Moon eXploration (MMX) mission is to collect a sample of the loose regolith that...