Professor Tachibana spoke at “esse-sense Academic Talk vol.5” connecting research “knowledge” and society

esse-sense Academic Talk (The Yaesu Lighthouse Discussion Group) is a forum for businesspeople, community leaders, and others to think about the future together while gaining insight into the knowledge and perspectives of researchers. At the 5th meeting (held on May 21, 2024), Professor Tachibana introduced what was learned from the analysis of samples from the asteroid “Ryugu” brought back by the space probe “Hayabusa2” and the origin and evolution of the solar system as told by “rocks”.

During the lecture, Professor Tachibana explained with a replica of the container in which the Ryugu samples were brought back to Earth, showed videos and photos of real research sites, and talked about the latest research results. He talked with a twinkle in his eye, and the participants were increasingly listened to him with great interest.

After the lecture was over, the audience and online participants asked questions one after another, and Professor Tachibana answered each question closely. We were very glad that some elementary school students questioned and some people asked again and again. 30 minutes have passed in an instant, the Q&A session filled with the enthusiasm of everyone, including Professor Tachibana.

We want to broaden researches and educations of earth and planetary science through such discussion and to inform people about the fund to support the researches and educations of earth and planetary science.

“esse-sense Academic Talk (Yaesu Lighthouse Discussion)” was held in collaboration with Essence Inc. and the University of Tokyo URA.

  Cooperated by NPO Miratuku

  Co-organized by Mitsui Fudosan POTLUCK YAESU

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The Final Lecture of Professor Hoshino, the First Director of UTOPS, Available on YouTube

Professor Masahiro Hoshino (Department of Earth and Planetary Science), the first director of the UTokyo Organization for Planetary Space Science (UTOPS), gave his final lecture, “From Earth to Space, the World of Plasma,” on Monday, February 19, 2024, and the lecture was archived on YouTube.

Please watch it from the following link.

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EQUULEUS Wins the 6th Space Exploitation Prize

The EQUULEUS, an ultra-small spacecraft, has been selected for the Selection Committee’s Special Prize at the 6th Space Exploitation Prize organized by the Japanese Cabinet Office under the title of “Demonstration of Orbit Control Technology in the Earth-Moon Sphere Using an Ultra-small Spacecraft”.

Professor Ryu Funase of UTOPS is involved in the development of the EQUULEUS spacecraft.

Please refer to the following URL for details.

https://www8.cao.go.jp/space/prize/prize.html

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Professor Tachibana Lectured at Taketoyo Community Arts Center Yumetaro Plaza

On February 23, 2024, Professor Shogo Tachibana gave a lecture titled “Bringing Back Samples from Small Objects – Ryugu, Bennu, and Beyond” at Hibiki Hall, Taketoyo Community Arts Center Yumetaro Plaza.

Please refer to the following URL for details.

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Published a Book by Professor Tachibana

On February 20, 2024 (Tue.), a book by Professor Shogo Tachibana of the UTOPS, titled “What did Hayabusa2 bring back?” was published.

Please refer to the following URL for details.

https://www.iwanami.co.jp/book/b639909.html

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Cooperated in the Special Exhibition of Asteroid Itokawa and Ryugu Samples at Akashi Municipal Planetarium

UTokyo Organization for Planetary Space Science (UTOPS) cooperated with the “Special Exhibition of Asteroid Itokawa and Ryugu Samples in Akashi” held from January 27 (Sat) to February 18 (Sun), 2024, at the 3rd floor exhibition room “Astronomy Gallery” of Akashi Municipal Planetarium.

Samples from the asteroid Itokawa, brought back to Earth by the asteroid explorer Hayabusa in June 2010, and samples from the asteroid Ryugu, brought back to Earth by the asteroid explorer Hayabusa2 in December 2020, were displayed side by side.

Exhibition view: from https://www.am12.jp/topics/itokawaryugu/

In conjunction with the exhibition, Professor Shogo Tachibana gave a lecture entitled “What the Stones of Asteroid Ryugu Have Begun to Tell Us” on January 28, 2024, at the planetarium dome on the second floor of the museum.

For details, please refer to the following URL.

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Co-organized Solar System symposium in Sapporo 2024

We co-organized the Solar System symposium in Sapporo 2024 from February 13 (Tue.) to 15 (Thu.), 2024, at the Rusutsu Resort in Hokkaido, Japan.

About 40 participants from Japan and overseas discussed the formation and early evolution of the solar system.

On the second day, February 14 (Wednesday), we invited Professor Harold C. Connolly Jr., OSIRIS-REx Mission Sample Scientist, to give a lecture on the return samples from the asteroid Bennu.

Professor Harold C. Connolly Jr. giving an invited lecture

Please refer to the following URL for details.

https://3s2024.webnode.jp

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Professor Tachibana Lectured at the Winter School in France

Prof. Shogo Tachibana of UTOPS gave a lecture at the Winter School “Small bodies of the Solar System and their link with extraterrestrial samples” held in Les Houches, France from February 4 (Sun.) to February 9 (Fri.), 2024.

For details, please refer to the following URL.

https://leshouches2024.sciencesconf.org/

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