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"The Science of Aliens" Exhibition Relative Event Demonstration by Researchers "Special Mission" Vol. 2: "Let's Have a Talk With Researchers! Alien Junior Meeting"

Mr. Takenori Toyota
Mr. Noriyasu Narita

Why don't you come ponder the mysteries of aliens with researchers?
Are there extraterrestrial lives? How do they differ from the organisms on this planet? What should we do if we find intelligent life?
Let's talk about aliens as we exchange opinions and questions with young researchers that are conducting research on the planet. There must be more than one answer.

Host: Tomohisa Sumida (Science Communicator of the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation)

* Profile of speakers
Takenori Toyota
Planetary Science/Graduate School of The University of Tokyo
Born in 1984: Aimed to live an academic life though the influence of his grandfather, who was a professor. He also had times when he dreamed of becoming a writer and a paleontologist. As a result of continuing something he enjoyed, planetary science became his field of expertise.
Up to this point, in addition to the lunar orbiter "KAGUYA," he had engaged in the development of observers for the Telescope Observatory for Planets on Small-satellite "TOPS" and Bepi Colombo which is a joint cornerstone mission of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) for the Mercury project. He hopes to conduct research on the surface of Europa and Io of Jupiter for the exploration of the Jupiter Zone. His hobby is reading and keeping his home tidy.
His motto is "firm determination."

Research Group AGORA, Earthquake Research Institute, The University of Tokyo:
http://www.eri.u-tokyo.ac.jp/AGORA/

Norio Narita
Exoplanet/National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
Born in 1981: Always hoped to learn about space ever since he was a child. After entering the university and coming in contact with the possibility of "searching for another Earth," he has specialized in exoplanets, a field that hardly had any researchers in the graduate schools of Japan. Obtained a PhD in research for the formation process and the atmosphere for exoplanets in March 2008.
Currently, he mainly works on the observation of exoplanets using the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii. Furthermore, he is engaging in science communication activities that convey the joy and excitement of research to many people through writing for GEKKAN HOSHI NAVI (monthly star navigation) and article for IKKA NI ICHIMAI UCHUUZU (space chart for each household) and lectures in elementary schools.

Research and reference of exoplanets:
http://optik2.mtk.nao.ac.jp/~narita/index.html

Date
June 8 (Sun.), 2008 13:00 - 13:50
Venue
1F Exhibition site for "Alien Lab," Exhibition Space b, Miraikan
Method of participation
Please purchase a ticket for the Special Exhibition and come directly to the event site within the Exhibition Space.
Capacity
50 people (20 seats and standing)
Contact
National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation TEL: +81-3-3570-9151 / FAX:+81-3-3570-9150

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