• Kyodo


The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency on Tuesday unveiled a plan for an unmanned space probe to bring back sand and other samples from Mars’ in a multiyear mission that could begin as early as 2021.

The plan, which won broad approval at a meeting of a government advisory panel on Tuesday, would be the world’s first sample collection mission to the moons of Phobos and Deimos, the agency known as JAXA said.

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