Martian Moons Exploration

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Martian Moons Exploration

The probe with Phobos and Deimos in the background
Mission goal Exploration of the moons of Mars
Client Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
Launcher H-III
Takeoff mass approx. 3000 kg
Course of the mission
launch pad Tanegashima Space Center
September 2024 begin
August 2025 Entry into Mars orbit
? Landing on Phobos
? Departure from Mars orbit
2029 Arrival on earth

Martian Moons Exploration is a Japanese spacecraft under development to explore the Martian moons Phobos and Deimos . It is scheduled to Template: future / in 4 yearsstart in September 2024 , enter an orbit around Mars in August 2025 , land on Phobos and take a soil sample of at least 10 to a maximum of 100 g, then complete several fly-bys to Deimos, leave Mars orbit in 2028 and a return capsule on the in 2029 Settle earth. After the asteroid probes Hayabusa and Hayabusa 2 , Martian Moons Exploration would be the third mission of the Japanese space agency JAXA to bring samples from a small celestial body to Earth.


The German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the French space agency CNES are participating in the mission by building a rover (similar to MASCOT at Hayabusa 2) that will be deposited on the surface of Phobos.

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Individual evidence

  1. a b Stephen Clark: Phobos sample return mission enters development for 2024 launch on February 20, 2020
  2. ^ Katherine Brown: NASA Selects Instrument for Future International Mission to Martian Moons
  5. Martian moon mission MMX