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Pre-event for the Return of Asteroid Explorer "HAYABUSA" "Welcome Back to Earth, HAYABUSA!"

Asteroid Explorer "HAYABUSA" (Courtesy of JAXA)
Dr. Junichiro Kawaguchi
Dr. Trevor R. Ireland

The Earth return capsule of the Asteroid Explorer "HAYABUSA" will reenter the atmosphere to land on the Woomera desert of Australia on June 13, 2010. HAYABUSA was launched in May 2003 and succeeded in the landing on asteroid Itokawa to obtain samples on November, 2005. After that, its return to Earth was delayed due to several problems. However, it will finally return home after its 7-year journey.
Right before the retrieval of the capsule with the samples in it, which will be the first time in the world such an event has been attempted, we will hold a lecture meeting chaired by Australian and Japanese researchers as we connect live with the The National Science and Technology Centre of Australia (Questacon). As we answer questions from participants and exchange opinions, we will introduce the "HAYABUSA" Mission which has attracted attention in both countries.

- Program (scheduled) -
* Lecture at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (With interpretation)
Lecturer: Junichiro Kawaguchi (HAYABUSA Project Manager of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA)
* Live broadcast using teleconferencing from the event site at Questacon
Lecturer: Trevor R. Ireland (Professor of The Australian National University)
* Q&A

- Lecturers' profile -
Junichiro Kawaguchi
Dr. Kawaguchi is Principal and Professor of the Research Division of Space Systems Engineering at the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS)/JAXA. He is also the program director of JAXA Space Exploration Center. A Doctor of Engineering, he graduated from the Department of Aeronautics, School of Engineering, at The University of Tokyo and assumed his current post in 2008. As the winner of various awards such as the Technical Award for the Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (1987), and the Technical Award for the Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences (2004, 2007), in addition to other honors, he was selected as a NISTEP researcher by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (2007). Notably, Dr. Kawaguchi is in charge as project manager of the asteroid probe "HAYABUSA" Mission.

Trevor R. Ireland
Dr. Ireland is a professor at The Australian National University, where he obtained his doctoral degree. After working as an associate professor for Stanford University (1997-2000) and as an associate professor for The Australian National University, he assumed his current post in 2008. He was involved in the preliminary experimentation for HAYABUSA's asteroid sample analysis. He is scheduled to be on standby at Woomera desert from several days before the landing of HAYABUSA's capsule. He is also scheduled to join in the opening of the canister anticipated to hold the samples gathered from asteroid Itokawa.

* Since the return of HAYABUSA is very close, the lecturers' availability is subject to change. We ask for your understanding.
* Please come a little early since there is a possibility that seating capacity will be filled before the opening of the reception.

June 6 (Sun.), 2010 14:45 - 16:15 (Reception begins from 14:15)
3F Science Library, National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
60 people
Method of participation
First-come-first-served basis. In case the number of guests exceeds capacity, we may be required to close the reception to further attendance.
National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation/The National Science and Technology Centre of Australia (Questacon)
In association with
Yomiuri NTV Culture Center/TOKYO TECHNO FORUM 21/Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

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