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Science Objectives of the MMX Rover

Ulamec, Stephan and Michel, Patrick and Grott, Matthias and Böttger, Ute and Schröder, Susanne and Hübers, Heinz-Wilhelm and Cho, Yuichiro and Rull, Fernando and Murdoch, Naomi and Vernazza, Pierre and Biele, Jens and Tardivel, Simon and Miyamoto, Hideaki (2022) Science Objectives of the MMX Rover. In: Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC. 73rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC), 2022-09-18 - 2022-09-22, Paris, Frankreich. 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. In addition to investigating the moons remotely and returning samples from Phobos, MMX will also deliver a small (about 25 kg) Rover to the surface. The payload of the Rover consists of four scientific instruments: RAX, a Raman spectrometer to measure the mineralogical composition of the surface material, NavCam, a stereo pair of cameras looking ahead to investigate the terrain and also serve for navigation, miniRAD a radiometer measuring the surface brightness temperature of both regolith and rocks, and two WheelCams looking at the wheelsurface interface, and thus investigating the properties and dynamics of the regolith. The cameras, will serve for both, technological and scientific needs. Rover delivery is foreseen during the rehearsal of the landing operations of the main spacecraft and will thus be close to the first sampling area. During its operational lifetime on the surface of Phobos (about 100 days), the in-situ measurements performed with the rover payload will allow putting into context the returned samples, providing ground truth, studying the surface heterogeneity and obtaining information on the physical properties of undisturbed surface material. MMX is planned to be launched in September 2024, the Rover delivery is scheduled 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/189583/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Science Objectives of the MMX Rover
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Ulamec, StephanUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8856-4622UNSPECIFIED
Michel, PatrickObservatoire de la Côte d'Azur, FranceUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Grott, MatthiasUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8613-7096UNSPECIFIED
Schröder, SusanneUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1870-3663UNSPECIFIED
Cho, YuichiroUniversity of Tokyo, JapanUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Rull, FernandoDepartment of Condensed Matter Physics, Crystallography and Mineralogy, Valladolid University, Valladolid, Spain.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Vernazza, PierreLaboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille, 38 rue Frédéric Joliot-Curie, 13388 Marseille, FranceUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Biele, JensUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-7414-829XUNSPECIFIED
Miyamoto, HideakiUniversity of Tokyo, JapanUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:18 September 2022
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Phobos, Mars Moon eXploration MMX, Rover
Event Title:73rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC)
Event Location:Paris, Frankreich
Event Type:international Conference
Event Start Date:18 September 2022
Event End Date:22 September 2022
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 Sensor Systems
Institute of Optical Sensor Systems > Space Instruments
Institute of Optical Sensor Systems > Terahertz and Laser Spectroscopy
Deposited By: Herrmann, Astrid
Deposited On:02 Nov 2022 09:57
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 20:50

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