ASA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JXA) to participate in the Mars Moon Exploration (MMX) mission.
Simulation of the Japanese MMX spacecraft landing on Phobos, the largest moon of Mars.
Simulation of the Japanese MMX spacecraft landing on Hobos, the largest moon of Mars. (Photo: JAXA).
The MoU was signed by NASA Deputy Director Pam Melroy and JAXA President Hiroshi Yamakawa at the 38th Space Symposium held in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA, from April 17 to 20. Accordingly, NASA will provide Gamma and Neutron Moon – Mars Exploration Experiment Kit (MÉGANE) And Pneumatic sampler for the MMX mission spacecraft.. The mission is to collect samples from the Martian moon Hobos and bring them back to Earth.
“We have amazing partners at JAXA and they are leading this ambitious mission, bringing back the first samples from the Martian moon Phobos.”NASA Director Bill Nelson said April 16 before signing the deal.
“With the help of international partners like NASA, JAXA will continue to make every effort to make the MMX mission a success.”JAXA officials said.
MMX train The Japanese spacecraft is expected to launch in 2024 and enter Mars orbit in 2025. The spacecraft will visit Mars’ two moons – Phobos and Seimos – but will only land on Phosos, the largest moon.
MMX will only land on Phobos for a few hours to collect samples. The specimen is expected to be returned to Earth in 2029 for scientists to study. These will be the first materials collected directly from Phobos.
JAXA has successfully collected samples from other celestial bodies in the solar system. In 2010, the Hayabusa spacecraft brought rocks from the asteroid Atokawa to Earth. Japan’s Hayabusa2 probe also brought samples from the Rugu asteroid to Earth smoothly in 2020.
Article source: VnExpress
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NASA has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to participate in the lunar exploration mission…