The MMX spacecraft is expected to launch in Japan’s fiscal 2024 and reach Mars by fiscal 2025. It will be even longer before the return capsule arrives.
It may be worth the wait. MMX should not only provide a highly detailed photograph of Mars from above the surface, but land on Phobos and collect surface material. Scientists can learn more about the past and present of Mars. It could also be a treasure trove for NHK – the media giant will have 8K footage that other TV providers could never hope to record on their own.