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Japan wants to dig up the dirt on Martian moons

Posted in Science on 13th Jun, 2015 12:00 AM by AlexMuller

In 2010, Hayabusa became the first craft to land on an asteroid, collect samples, and return them to Earth. Now JAXA, the Japanese space agency, is hoping to do it again, this time on one of Mars’ moons. The mission does not have funding yet, and details about the spacecraft, its target, and the timeline are hazy, but JAXA thinks the mission could launch by 2022.


If it gets off the ground, the spacecraft would be the first to land on a Martian moon. Russia attempted a sample-return from Phobos with its 2011 Fobos-Grunt mission, but the probe crashed back to Earth before it could leave orbit.


The new mission may potentially influence NASA’s plans to put humans on Mars in the 2030s. Support seems to be growing for the idea of using Phobos or Deimos as a stepping stone to Mars. The moons would be easier and cheaper to land on than the planet itself.
One plan, proposed by NASA Jet Propulsion Lab scientists, involves sending astronauts to a base camp on Phobos, and later shuttling them down to Mars. The Planetary Society has drawn up a similar plan. Before we try to put people on Mars’ moons, it’s a good idea to send some unmanned spacecraft to scope the place out.

Tags: MarsspaceNASAJAXAprobespacecraftPhobosDeimos

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2015-06-13
Of course, before any of the space agencies or private companies start sending people to mars and its moon, a lot more has to be learned about them - JAXA has a point Reply


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