Martian Moons Exploration (MMX) Mission News

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!

A unique sample: how rocks from Phobos may reveal much about Mars.

A unique sample: how rocks from Phobos may reveal much about Mars.

There is a myth of a meteorite from Mars that struck a dog when it fell in Egypt in 1911....

How do you circle a moon?

How do you circle a moon?

It may initially seem premature to worry about the spacecraft’s path and orbit upon arrival at Mars. But the science and engineering goals for the mission are both precise and challenging, frequently requiring the spacecraft to be in a particular location or orientation with respect to Mars, the moons, the Earth or the Sun. As a result, we need to consider our route through Martian space early so that any structural or operational requirements will be reflected in the spacecraft design.