MASAKI FUJIMOTO

Deputy Director General at JAXA’s Institute of Space and Astronautical Science

Have we gone to Mars yet? visits Japan and Professor Masaki Fujimoto, Deputy Director General at JAXA’s Institute of Space and Astronautical Science to talk about a few of JAXA's space missions. All of them small steps towards the long-term goal to land on planet Mars.
Hayabusa 2 was a sample return mission to the primordial asteroid Ryugu, launched in December 2014 with the samples returned in December 2020. 
We also hear about MMX - Martian Moons eXploration, a sample return mission to Phobos, the inner of Mars’s two moons, which will be launched sometime in 2024. 
And of course, the recent SLIM mission - Smart Lander for Investigating the Moon, that was launched on the 7th of September this year, and will reach the Moon sometime in the beginning of 2024.
もう 火星に 行った?
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"It's not only China or America who has access to the surface of Mars...

If that is the case, I find it is sad. Many more people are interested in having access to the surface of Mars, but it looks really tough. Maybe trough the series of success in the near future missions we may be able to establish a platform where smaller countries can come together and perform a more focused mission on the surface of Mars more frequently, and I think that will make our world happier."

- Masaki Fujimoto

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Have we gone to Mars Yet? is produced at Beppo by Rundfunk Media in collaboration with Rymdkapital.