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Back to the Red Planet: NASA Selects Johns Hopkins APL Instrument for International Mission to Martian Moons

17 Nov 2017, 16:00 UTC
Back to the Red Planet: NASA Selects Johns Hopkins APL Instrument for International Mission to Martian Moons APL/JAXA

NASA has tapped the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, to build a science instrument for an upcoming Japan-led sample return mission to the two moons of Mars. The instrument, a sophisticated gamma-ray and neutron spectrometer named MEGANE (pronounced meh-gah-nay, meaning “eyeglasses” in Japanese), will help scientists resolve one of the most enduring mysteries of the Red Planet: when and how the small moons formed.

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