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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 Prietro-Ballesteros, Olga and Biele, Jens and Tardivel, Simon and Arrat, Denis and Hagelschuer, Till and Knollenberg, Jörg and Vivet, Damien and Sunday, Cecily and Jorda, Laurent and Groussin, Olivier and Colas, Robin and Miyamoto, Hirdy (2023) Science objectives of the MMX rover. Acta Astronautica (210), pp. 95-101. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2023.05.012. ISSN 0094-5765.

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The Martian Moons eXploration (MMX) mission by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA, will 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 of Phobos. The payload of the Rover consists of four scientific instruments: RAX, a Raman spectrometer to measure signatures of the mineralogical composition of the surface material, NavCam, a stereo pair of cameras to investigate the terrain and allow for navigation, miniRAD a radiometer to measure the surface brightness temperature of both, regolith and rocks, and two WheelCams which will observe the wheel-surface interface, and thus investigate the properties and dynamics of the regolith. The cameras, will serve both, technological and scientific needs. The rover will be deployed during the rehearsal phase of the landing operations for the main spacecraft and will thus land in proximity to the first sampling area. During its operational lifetime on Phobos (about 100 days), the in-situ measurements performed with the rover payload will provide scientific context for the returned samples, provide ground truth, study the surface heterogeneity and obtain information on the physical properties of undisturbed surface material. The MMX launch is planned for September 2024 and the Rover delivery is scheduled for 2027. The Rover is a contribution by the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) and the German erospace Center (DLR) with additional contributions from INTA (Spain) and JAXA.

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Document Type:Article
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, PatrickObservatoirde de la Côte d'Azur, 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, 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
Prietro-Ballesteros, OlgaCentro de Astrobiología (CAB-INTA-CSIC), 28850, Torrejon ´ de Ardoz, SpainUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Biele, JensUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-7414-829XUNSPECIFIED
Tardivel, SimonUniversity of Colorado BoulderUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Vivet, DamienInstitut Sup´erieur de l’A´eronautique et de l’Espace (ISAE-SUPAERO), Universit´e de ToulousUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Sunday, CecilyUniversité de Toulouse/DEOS, FranceUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Jorda, LaurentAix Marseille Université, CNRS, LAM (Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille)UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Groussin, OlivierAix Marseille Université, CNRS LAM (Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille)UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Colas, RobinAix Marseille Université, CNRS LAM (Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille)UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Miyamoto, HirdyDept. Systems Innovation, University of Tokyo, Tokyo 113-8656, JapanUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:10 May 2023
Journal or Publication Title:Acta Astronautica
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 95-101
Keywords:Phobos, Martian moons eXploration MMX, Rover
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 Planetary Research > Planetary Physics
Institute of Optical Sensor Systems
Deposited By: Herrmann, Astrid
Deposited On:30 May 2023 15:44
Last Modified:30 May 2023 15:44

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