This little rover will ride shotgun on Japan’s ambitious Mars moon sample-return mission

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A small rover built in Europe has arrived in Japan in preparation for its voyage to Mars.

The autonomous 55-pound (25-kilogram) rover is called IDEFIX and is part of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) Martian Moon Exploration (MMX) probe that aims to collect samples of the Mars’ moon, Phobos.



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