Japan wants to sample Mars' moon Phobos

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Dear followers and space exploration buffs,

Welcome to the first edition of my weekly-ish space newsletter. I’m Jatan, and you’re getting this email because you followed my space blog(s). To keep things simple, I’ll only be sending such periodic updates from now on. This way you won’t be bombarded by frequent emails and won’t need to check my Twitter manually, unless you want to. You can unsubscribe anytime you like, or come back.

Let’s kick off with a hit space meme I made. Because, why not?

Mission MMX

While Mars has been extensively explored, it’s tiny moons, Phobos and Deimos have been ignored. Where did the moons of Mars come from? The answer will help us understand what the inner solar system was like shortly before life arose on Earth.

Japan’s MMX mission, launching in 2024, aims to sample Phobos to help us understand the process that brought water and organics to our inner Solar System! My article on the mission for The Planetary Society.

Your guide to MMX

Exclusive 'behind the scenes' material for my supporters

This week I also launched a series of exclusive posts for my paying supporters. Introducing #SpaceCurious, a look at behind the scenes material of my articles! Here’s a snippet from the first such edition for Japan’s MMX mission.

Since we don’t know what kind of soil structure Phobos has, MMX missions engineers have built multiple simulants from rocks collected from all over Japan to test both their sampling mechanisms.

While this benefit is exclusive to paying supporters, I’m keeping the entry point very accessible. Even if you support me at the lowest monthly tier or even donate once, you get access forever! :)

By supporting me, you’ll receive such exclusive benefits and will be helping me become an independent science communicator. :)


So that was the first edition of my weekly space newsletter. Do you like it? What else would you like to see in future editions? Perhaps links to interesting space content I come across every week? Let me know.