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Surface science on Phobos with the MMX Rover

Ulamec, Stephan and Michel, Patrick and Grott, Matthias and Böttger, Ute and Hübers, Heinz-Wilhelm and Schröder, Susanne and Cho, Yuichiro and Rull, Fernando and Murdoch, Naomi and Vernazza, Pierre and Biele, Jens and Tardivel, Simon and Miyamoto, Hirdy (2022) Surface science on Phobos with the MMX Rover. COSPAR 2022 44th Scientific Assembly, 2022-07-16 - 2022-07-24, Athen, Griechenland.

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As part of the Mars Moon eXploration (MMX) mission by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA, which is going to explore both Martian Moons, Phobos and Deimos, and return samples from Phobos back to Earth it is also foreseen to deliver a small (about 25 kg) Rover to the surface of Phobos. The rover will perform in-situ measurements at the surface, characterize the physical and mineralogical properties of the surface material as well as its heterogeneity and provide ground truth for orbiter measurements. The payload of the MMX rover consists of a Raman spectrometer (RAX) to measure the mineralogical composition of the surface material, a stereo pair of cameras looking ahead (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, 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. The Rover will be delivered by the MMX main spacecraft by releasing it from an altitude of less than 100m. After the descent and bouncing phase, it will upright itself and operate for about 100 days on the surface of Phobos, investigating terrain and mineralogy along its path. MMX is planned to be launched in September 2024, the Rover delivery is currently planned for 2027. The Rover is a contribution by the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) with additional contributions from INTA (Spain) and JAXA.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/187653/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Title:Surface science on Phobos with the MMX Rover
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Ulamec, StephanUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8856-4622UNSPECIFIED
Michel, PatrickUniversité Côte d’Azur, CNRS, FranceUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Grott, MatthiasUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8613-7096UNSPECIFIED
Schröder, SusanneUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1870-3663UNSPECIFIED
Cho, YuichiroThe University of Tokyo, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciencehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2749-2204UNSPECIFIED
Rull, FernandoAssociate Unit UVA-CSIC and Centro de Astrobiologia, CSIC/INTA , Boecillo, Valladolid, SpainUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Vernazza, PierreLaboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille, 38 rue Frédéric Joliot-Curie, 13388 Marseille, FranceUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Biele, JensUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-7414-829XUNSPECIFIED
Miyamoto, HirdyUniversity of TokyoUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:July 2022
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:MMX Rover, Phobos
Event Title:COSPAR 2022 44th Scientific Assembly
Event Location:Athen, Griechenland
Event Type:international Conference
Event Start Date:16 July 2022
Event End Date:24 July 2022
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Robotics
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R RO - Robotics
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Project MMX [RO]
Location: Berlin-Adlershof , Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training > User center for space experiments (MUSC)
Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Sensor Systems
Institute of Optical Sensor Systems > Space Instruments
Institute of Optical Sensor Systems
Institute of Optical Sensor Systems > Terahertz and Laser Spectroscopy
Deposited By: Herrmann, Astrid
Deposited On:28 Jul 2022 11:01
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 20:49

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