Initial function confirmation test conducted for the solar array panels (SAP)

From July to September 2023, an initial function test of the solar array panel (SAP) that will be installed on the Martian Moons eXploration (MMX) spacecraft was conducted at Mitsubishi Electric Kamakura Works.

The PSR (Pre-Shipment Review) of MEGANE is complete

On August 10, 2023, the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) conducted a Pre-Shipment Review (PSR) for MEGANE, one of the observation instruments onboard the Martian Moons eXploration (MMX) spacecraft.

Beautiful image of Deimos captured by the Hope Mission

The Emirates Hope Mars Mission has captured spectacular images of Mars's outer moon, Deimos. But what does this tell us about the history of the two moons?

NASA selects 10 scientists to join the MMX science team!

NASA selects 10 scientists to join the MMX science team!

10 scientists from across the United States were selected in April 2023 by NASA to join the international science team for the Martian Moons eXploration (MMX) mission. The researchers will join the Japan team in analysing data from the spacecraft’s onboard suite of instrument as MMX takes a close look at Phobos, Deimos, and the Martian environment from orbit, as well as participate in the investigation of the sample MMX will collect from Phobos and return to Earth.

The MMX and Twinkle Space Telescope Teams meet for a joint strategy meeting to lead the Martian Moon sample collection to success!

In December 2022, members of the Martian Moons eXploration (MMX) mission and the Twinkle Space Telescope held a joint strategy meeting to help ensure the successful collection of a sample from the Martian Moon, Phobos, by the MMX spacecraft.

90 minutes on the clock! Discussing the MMX sampling device with JAXA robotic specialist, Hiroki Kato

“The mission is to collect a sample of at least 10 grams of sample from a depth of more than 2 cm within 90 minutes after landing on the Martian moon Phobos.” Dr Hiroki Kato of JAXA started working on the development of a sampling device around 2015 to meet this difficult task. He is now focusing hard in order to "make this happen" in preparation the launch in FY2024.  In this interview, Kato tells us why it is necessary to collect samples in 90 minutes, what kind of methods are used for sample collection, the difficulties that exist, and the kind of future is in sight.