Future Phobos Mission Bonus

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    An upcoming Russian space agency mission to Phobos could mean not only collecting sample’s fromt Mars’ moon but also the Red Planet itself!

     An upcoming Russian space agency mission to the Mars’ moon Phobos could also collect dust and soil samples from the Red Planet itself.  Researchers at Brown University say that Phobos often passes through dust, soil, and rock blown off the Martian surface and it stands to reason that there exists a collection of samples fromboth celestial bodies on Phobos’ surface.  Even though the Russian mission set for 2020 is primarily aimed at learning more about the Martian moon, scientists say it’s a nice bonus to get material returned from Mars as well.