Martian Moons Exploration (MMX) Mission News

Why is everyone launching a Mars probe now?

Why is everyone launching a Mars probe now?

This month, three different Mars probes left for the red planet, including the UAE’s Hope Mars Mission and China’s Tianwen-1 Mars probe and rover, with the U.S. Perseverance rover to follow later this week. But why is everyone launching a Mars mission now? Has there been a sudden boom in Mars exploration?

Will MMX find evidence that Mars once had rings?

Will MMX find evidence that Mars once had rings?

A key question for the Martian Moons eXploration mission is how the two moons of Mars were formed. Competing theories suggest that the satellites are either captured asteroids or that they were formed during a giant impact with the red planet

Our MMX papercraft model!

Our MMX papercraft model!

Have you ever wished you could build your own Martian Moons eXploration spacecraft at home? We felt the same!

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.