Rover that will explore Mars moon Phobos starts landing tests

The first rover to explore the moon of another planet has started practicing for its landing, even though that historic touchdown is at least six years away.

The 55-lb. (25 kilograms) robot is part of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) Mar­tian Moons eX­plo­ration (MMX) mission, which is scheduled to launch in 2024 and arrive at the Red Planet the following year. 

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