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Spectacles to see a moon: NASA select ‘MEGANE’ instrument for MMX

Spectacles to see a moon: NASA select ‘MEGANE’ instrument for MMX

NASA has selected their scientific instrument for the Martian Moon eXploration (MMX) Mission. The US Space Agency called for proposals in March for the design of a gamma ray and neutron spectrometer (GRNS); a top priority instrument for the spacecraft due to its ability to identify the chemical elements that form the Martian moon rock.

How to find the best samples on a moon: Building relationships and solving engineering challenges in France

How to find the best samples on a moon: Building relationships and solving engineering challenges in France

On October 30th, representatives from JAXA and CNES gathered in Paris to deepen this cooperation by holding a joint review of the status of the Martian Moons eXploration mission and plans for the smooth integration of the French and Japanese team members.

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.

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...

We’re interested in the smallest bodies in the Solar System, but why?  

We’re interested in the smallest bodies in the Solar System, but why?  

“It’s like crime scene,” explains Hal Levison from the NASA Lucy mission to the Trojan asteroids that escort Jupiter around...

Building a Capsule to Return Home

Building a Capsule to Return Home

After three years exploring Mars’s environment, the Martian Moons eXploration (MMX) spacecraft will be ready to return home. But the...

Protecting the Solar System

Protecting the Solar System

When the Martian Moons eXploration (MMX) mission reaches Phobos and Deimos, it will probe the development of habitability in the...

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