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The MMX Rover Mission to Phobos: Science Objectives

Ulamec, Stephan and Michel, Patrick and Grott, Matthias and Böttger, Ute and Hübers, Heinz-Wilhelm and Cho, Yuichiro and Rull, Fernando and Murdoch, Naomi and Vernazza, Pierre and Biele, Jens and Tardivel, Simon (2021) The MMX Rover Mission to Phobos: Science Objectives. 72nd International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2021), 25.-29. Okt. 2021, Dubai. ISSN 0074-1795.

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The Mars Moon eXploration (MMX) mission by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA, is going to explore the Martian Moons Phobos and Deimos. It will investigate the moons remotely and also return samples from Phobos back to Earth. In addition, MMX will deliver a small (about 25 kg) Rover to the surface. The Rover accommodates a payload of four scientific instruments: a Raman spectrometer (RAX) to measure the mineralogical composition of the surface material, a stereo pair of cameras looking affront NavCam (also used for navigation), to provide the properties of the investigated area, a radiometer (miniRAD) to measure the surface brightness temperature and determine thermal properties of both regolith and rocks (if in the field of view), and two cameras looking at the wheel-surface interface, WheelCam, to investigate the properties and dynamics of the regolith. The cameras will, thus, serve for both, technological and scientific needs. After delivery from the main spacecraft, the Rover shall be able to operate for about 100 days and investigate the terrain along its path of several tens of meters. This will allow putting the returned samples into context, providing ground truth, studying the surface heterogeneity and obtaining information on the physical properties of undisturbed surface material, as well as dynamical properties of the regolith subject to the wheel motions.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/145213/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:The MMX Rover Mission to Phobos: Science Objectives
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Ulamec, StephanStephan.Ulamec (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Michel, PatrickObservatoire de la Côte d'Azur, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Grott, MatthiasMatthias.Grott (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Böttger, UteUte.Boettger (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Hübers, Heinz-WilhelmHeinz-Wilhelm.Huebers (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Cho, YuichiroThe University of Tokyo, Department of Earth and Planetary ScienceUNSPECIFIED
Rull, FernandoDepartment of Condensed Matter Physics, Crystallography and Mineralogy, Valladolid University, Valladolid, Spain.UNSPECIFIED
Murdoch, NaomiISEA-SPAERO, Université de ToulouseUNSPECIFIED
Vernazza, PierreLaboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille, 38 rue Frédéric Joliot-Curie, 13388 Marseille, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Biele, JensJens.Biele (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Tardivel, SimonCNES, ToulouseUNSPECIFIED
Date:25 October 2021
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:MMX Rover, Phobos
Event Title:72nd International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2021)
Event Location:Dubai
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:25.-29. Okt. 2021
Organizer:International Astronautical Federation (IAF)
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Exploration
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EW - Space Exploration
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Project MMX - SystEng, Ops + Science
Location: Berlin-Adlershof , Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training > User center for space experiments (MUSC)
Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Physics
Institute of Optical Sensor Systems > Space Instruments
Institute of Optical Sensor Systems
Deposited By: Herrmann, Astrid
Deposited On:05 Nov 2021 09:33
Last Modified:13 Dec 2021 09:54

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