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Science operation plan of Phobos and Deimos from the MMX spacecraft

Tomoki Nakamura
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Hitoshi Ikeda
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Toru Kouyama
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Hiromu Nakagawa
Hiroki Kusano
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Hiroki Senshu
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Shingo Kameda
Koji Matsumoto
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Ferran Gonzalez-Franquesa
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Naoya Ozaki
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Yosuke Takeo
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Nicola Baresi
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Yusuke Oki
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David J. Lawrence
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Nancy L. Chabot
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Patrick N. Peplowski
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Shoichiro Yokota
Naoki Terada
Stephan Ulamec
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Patrick Michel
Masanori Kobayashi
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Sho Sasaki
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Naru Hirata
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Koji Wada
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Hideaki Miyamoto
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Takeshi Imamura
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Naoko Ogawa
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Kazunori Ogawa
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Takahiro Iwata
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Takane Imada
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Hisashi Otake
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Makoto Kunugi
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Seiji Mitsuhashi
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Shigeru Imai
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Yasuyuki Ito
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Hatsumi Ishida
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Kiyoshi Kuramoto
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Yasuhiro Kawakatsu
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Abstract

The science operations of the spacecraft and remote sensing instruments for the Martian Moon eXploration (MMX) mission are discussed by the mission operation working team. In this paper, we describe the Phobos observations during the first 1.5 years of the spacecraft's stay around Mars, and the Deimos observations before leaving the Martian system. In the Phobos observation, the spacecraft will be placed in low-altitude quasi-satellite orbits on the equatorial plane of Phobos and will make high-resolution topographic and spectroscopic observations of the Phobos surface from five different altitudes orbits. The spacecraft will also attempt to observe polar regions of Phobos from a three-dimensional quasi-satellite orbit moving out of the equatorial plane of Phobos. From these observations, we will constrain the origin of Phobos and Deimos and select places for landing site candidates for sample collection. For the Deimos observations, the spacecraft will be injected into two resonant orbits and will perform many flybys to observe the surface of Deimos over as large an area as possible.
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obspm-03600677 , version 1 (08-03-2022)

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Tomoki Nakamura, Hitoshi Ikeda, Toru Kouyama, Hiromu Nakagawa, Hiroki Kusano, et al.. Science operation plan of Phobos and Deimos from the MMX spacecraft. Earth Planets and Space, 2021, 73, ⟨10.1186/s40623-021-01546-6⟩. ⟨obspm-03600677⟩
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