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Phobos Mission Could Return With Bonus Martian Material

November 12, 2013

An upcoming Russian space agency mission to the Martian 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 from both 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.

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