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Kaguya & Hayabusa: the features of lunar and planetary explorations of Japan

Date & Time: November 7, 2014 (Fri) 16:30-18:00
Place: 022 Lecture Room (ES022), ES Building
Speaker: Dr. Takahiro Iwata (Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, JAXA)
Language: English

Outline:
The physical scales and financial budgets for lunar and planetary explorations of Japan are much smaller than those of NASA, USA. However, using the technical inventions, they have produced characteristic scientific results. Associate professor Takahiro Iwata of Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, JAXA, presents results of SELENE (Kaguya) and Hayabusa of which he has been in charge.
SELENE was the first large-scale lunar explorer of Japan which was operated from 2007-2009. It improved the model of origin and evolution of the moon by global mapping using 15 sets of instruments. Dr. Iwata was in charge of research and development of Okina and Ouna which were the small sub-satellites separated from the main orbiter Kaguya. After the observation using these three lunar orbiters, he successfully observed the lunar gravity above the farside for the first time in the world, which elucidated the inner structure of the moon.
Hayabusa was the Space Engineering Spacecraft which has made touch down and sample return of asteroid after the seven-year mission. Following Hayabusa, the second series Hayabusa-2 is under the final adjustments in Tanegashima Island and will be launched on November 30, in this year. Dr. Iwata is now in charge of research and development of Near Infrared Spectrometer, which will provide the data to elucidate the status of water on the asteroids and origin of terrestrial life materials.
These techniques consist of various inventions. It is very useful to learn these developments, so that it is highly welcomed to participate in this seminar.


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