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Membership of the Science Strategy Teams of the JAXA Martian Moons eXploration (MMX)

MMX is a JAXA mission to the Martian moons Phobos and Deimos, including sampling the surface of Phobos for return to Earth. ESA contributes to MMX and receives benefits to European scientists in return. Deadline for proposals for membership of the Science Strategy Teams is 22 March 2023, 12:00 CET.
Mars Moon Phobos. Photo: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum)

ESA Science participates in the JAXA-led mission as a Mission of Opportunity type mission. Those type of missions are always proposed by international partners to ESA to increase scientific output.

The key scientific goals of MMX are:

  • To reveal the origin of Mars’ moons, and to improve our understanding of planetary system formation and of primordial material transport around the border between the inner and outer regions in the early Solar System.
  • To observe processes that have impact on the evolution of the Mars system and to advance our understanding of Mars’ surface environmental transition.

Through the present Call, the ESA Director of Science invites individual scientists affiliated with institutes in the ESA Member States to apply for membership of the Science Strategy Teams:

  • Origin of Phobos and Deimos;
  • Early Solar System evolution;
  • Surface science and geology;
  • Mars science;
  • Geodesy.

Up to two members for each of the five MMX Science Strategy Teams will be selected. The appointments are for a renewable term of three years.

Note that early career scientists are specifically encouraged to apply.

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The Announcement of Opportunity will close on 22 March 2023 at 12:00 (noon) CET.


Thommy Ingemann Larsen
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Email: til@ufm.dk
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