Basic Information

Office for Planning and Management, ARC-Space
Associate Professor
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Courses - Undergraduate
SCCP Lunar and Planetary Data Analysis + JAXA TANPOPO project on ISS
Courses - Graduate


Planetary Sciences, Sample return missions, Astrobiology
Educational Background, Biography
2008. 10 - presentAssociate Professor, OPM, The University of Aizu2006. Dec. - 2008. Sep.Invited Researcher, ISAS/JAXA (Department of Space Information and Energy)2006. MarchPh.D. School of Physical Science, The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Sokendai)2003. MarchM.S. Ibaraki University
Current Research Theme
Tanpopo mission, Astrobiology, Scientific education
Key Topic
Tanpopo mission, Sample return missions, Astrobiology
Affiliated Academic Society
Japan Society for Planetary SciencesJapan Geoscience Union


School days' Dream
Current Dream
Favorite Books
Messages for Students
Publications other than one's areas of specialization
2015 The Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Prizes for Science and Techonology: Public Understanding Promotion Category)

Main research

Promotion of Space Software from UoA! (Factories for Start-Up Ventures, etc.)

This has been started as an educational project supported by Coordination Funds for Promoting AeroSpace Utilizaiton MEXT (2017-19).
O02-2 Factories for Start-Up Ventures no.2 Space Utilization of Remote Sensing Data, CFS Creative Factory Seminar, O03 SCCP Lunar and Planetary Data Analysis & Tanpopo on ISS, and delivery lectures for junior/senior highschool students.

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Student Cooperative Class Project: Lunar and Planetary Data Analysis & Tanpopo Project on ISS

Student Cooperative Class Project: Lunar and Planetary Data Analysis

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Project: The Tanpopo cosmic dust collector on the International Space Station

It is possible that the cosmic dust floating throughout space contains either actual microorganisms, or the organic compounds that form them. Japan's Tanpopo project is an experiment in astrobiology which will see a special collector attached to the International Space Station that will capture such cosmic dust. The Tanpopo project is being conducted by a number of universities and research institutions including the University of Aizu, and in particular faculty members and student advisees from our CAIST/ARC-Space and Image Processing Course are taking part, along with Student Cooperative Class Project (SCCP) participants. The team is developing software that will pick out cosmic dust particles using image processing based on micrographs from the collector made up of an ultra-low density materials called Silica aerogel. The team is also developing a device that will cut off the collectors that contain the cosmic dust.
For more on the Tanpopo Project (external link):

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Onboard instruments for Lunar and Planetary Exploration missions

Onboard instruments for Lunar and Planetary Exploration missions

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Developing analytic software for lunar and planetary exploration data

Japan's lunar and planetary exploration projects have already generated a lot of observation data, as seen from its Hayabusa asteroid explorer project and Kaguya lunar explorer project. To get the most out of this valuable asset, software will be required that assists with analyzing all that data, helping researchers to advance their scientific analyses across a broad front.
We are investigating technologies that enable the visualization of complex data in an easy to understand fashion, and technologies that will let researchers spot really important pieces of information from a huge mass of data.

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Dissertation and Published Works

・Dissertation: Evaluation of Micrometeoroid Analogs Alteration on Capturing by Aerogel" (2006), Sokendai
・Brownlee et al. (2006), Science 15 December 2006: Vol. 314. no. 5806, pp. 1711-1716. "Comet 81P/Wild 2 Under a Microscope".
・Zolensky et al. (2006), Science 15 December 2006: Vol. 314. no. 5806, pp. 1735-1739. "Mineralogy and Petrology of Comet 81P/Wild 2 Nucleus Samples".
・Yamagishi et al. (2008), Preprints of 26th International Symposium on Space Technology and Science, 2008-k-05. "TANPOPO: Astrobiology Exposure and Micrometeoroid Capture Experiments".
・Tonui et al. (2014), Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 126 (2014) 284-306. "Petrographic, chemical and spectroscopic evidence for thermal metamorphism in carbonaceous chondrites I: CI and CM chondrites"."