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Japan aims to bring back soil samples from Mars moon by 2029

20/08/2021 03:20 PM | Click to read full article

Japan's space agency plans to bring soil samples back from the Mars region ahead of the US and Chinese missions now operating on Mars, in hopes of finding clues to the planet's origin and traces of possible life.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, plans to launch an explorer in 2024 to land on the Martian moon Phobos to collect 10 grams(0.35 ounce) of soil and bring it back to Earth in 2029.