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Posted by: Ekkehard Augustin - Mon Jul 17, 2006 7:23 am
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Post Deimos mission   Posted on: Mon Jul 17, 2006 7:23 am
According to an article under www.marssociety.de there will be a study about a european mission to Deimos. One of the ideas behind it is that Deimos is assumed to have gathered martian dust it got by impacts of meteorites on Mars. So it might be easier this way to access martian dust for carrying it to Earth.

They refer to ESA Science.



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Post    Posted on: Mon Sep 11, 2006 6:34 am
Deimos or Phobos are a good choice for a mission. The Delta V required is less than to the surface of the moon. And thrust requirements are so low, you can get away with an ion drive, and attitude control rockets.

SMART-1 could have soft-landed on those moons.


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Post    Posted on: Mon Sep 11, 2006 8:51 am
WannabeSpaceCadet wrote:
Deimos or Phobos are a good choice for a mission. The Delta V required is less than to the surface of the moon. And thrust requirements are so low, you can get away with an ion drive, and attitude control rockets.

SMART-1 could have soft-landed on those moons.


I think using an ion engine to do a landing on a Mars moon for a sample return mission would be a great idea, although I guess the engine would need to be a bit bigger than the one SMARt-1 used. Also the area of solar panels would need to be much larger due to the lower light levels.

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