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IDEFIX rover handover complete and ready for MMX and the Martian moons

The IDEFIX rover has arrived in Japan from Europe, and officially handed over to JAXA to join the MMX spacecraft on the journey to Phobos!

The 8th System Design Meeting (SDM) for MMX

The 8th System Design Meeting (SDM) was held on January 23rd and 24th with MMX Project Members in Japan and overseas joining either in person at the JAXA Sagamihara Campus, or connecting to the meeting online.

The MMX booth at the JAXA Sagamihara Open Campus

Every year, the JAXA Sagamihara Campus in Kanagawa welcomes visitors for a special open day, either to the campus itself or online. This was the first time in four years that MMX has held an in-person exhibit!

RF Compatibility Test at NASA/DSN

We conducted a RF (Radio Frequency) Compatibility Test at Peraton for the NASA DSN.

The Martian Moons eXploration (MMX) Project session at the 67th Space Science and Technology Association Conference

The 67th Space Science and Technology Association Conference was held in October, with an organised session dedicated to MMX.

Attending the International Astronautical Congress, IAC2023

From October 2 – 6, the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) was held in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. MMX Project Lead Engineer Imada Takane reports from the meeting!

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.

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