On Friday, November 27, 2020, 90 first-year students from Aizu Gakuhou Junior High School in Fukushima Prefecture visited the school and learned about the Asteroid Explorer "Hayabusa2" project from Professor Demura, Director of the University of Aizu Research Center for Space Informatics(ARC-Space).

Fukushima Prefectural Aizu Gakuhou High School and Junior High School is a Super Science High School (SSH) designated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and participates in lectures and lab and facility tours at the University of Aizu every year.

Professor Demura, explained how the Hayabusa2 mission was carried out, the research that the University of Aizu was involved in to determine the shape of the Ryugu, and the technology of Hayabusa2's "Made in Fukushima".
(Impactor made artificial crater. Lithium-ion batteries. Parachutes. Communication equipment. etc.)

They listened to the sound of the launch of the H2A rocket that carried Hayabusa2 into space, touched the three-dimensional model of the asteroid Ryugu created by the professors and students of the University of Aizu, and experienced stereoscopic viewing of the asteroid Itokawa and Ryugu through 3D glasses.

There are also many asteroids orbiting in the solar system with Japanese names on them. Many students wanted to search for asteroids with their names on the attraction.

The participating students enjoyed the cutting-edge space topics.
At the end, Professor Demura also gave them some advice on their career path.

Professor Demura speaking in a Hayabusa2 mission jacket

【Related sites about Hayabusa2】

the University of Aizu Research Center for Space Informatics (ARC-Space)

Research Paper about Asteroid Explorer Hayabusa 2 Co-authored by University of Aizu Faculty Members and Student Published in Digital Edition of Nature

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