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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...

The Floating Coal in the Martian Sky

The Floating Coal in the Martian Sky

“We’re calling Phobos, ‘the floating coal in the Martian Sky’,” explains Hideaki Miyamoto, from the University of Tokyo and leader of...

NASA to develop a key instrument onboard the Martian Moon eXploration Mission

NASA to develop a key instrument onboard the Martian Moon eXploration Mission

NASA is planning to help develop one of the Martian Moon eXploration mission’s top priority scientific instruments for remote analysis...

CNES joins the Martian Moon eXploration Mission team

CNES joins the Martian Moon eXploration Mission team

Our journey to Phobos and Deimos has been joined by France’s Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES). The French space agency...