Phobos, the small irregularly shaped moon of Mars whose origins remain a mystery, may offer a repository for small amounts of soil and rock originating from the red planet, according to a study by Brown University scientists associated with Russia’s failed 2011 Phobos-Grunt sample return mission. Russia plans to reprise the robotic Phobos mission in 2020, or shortly after, the same time frame NASA is looking to for the launch of a second mobile lander based on the Mars Science ...

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