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Martian moon samples will have bits of Mars

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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 12 November 2013 - 01:34 AM

Martian moon samples will have bits of Mars


Brown University said:

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — A planned mission to return a sample from the Martian moon Phobos will likely be a twofer, according to a study by Brown University geologists.

The study helps to confirm the idea that the surface of Phobos contains tons of dust, soil, and rock blown off the Martian surface by large projectile impacts. Phobos’ orbital path plows through occasional plumes of Martian debris, meaning the tiny moon has been gathering Martian castoffs for millions of years. That means a sample-return mission planned by the Russian space agency could sample two celestial bodies for the price of one.


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Posted 12 November 2013 - 02:06 AM

My mind kind of wondered while reading this so a curious question . Would solar wind activity effect dust partical accumulation as well ?

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