Global Circulation System
We are participating in space exploration mission programs, such as the Hayabusa-2 asteroid mission, MMX (Mars Moons eXploration) Mars sample-return mission, and SELENE-R lunar rover mission. Our particular interests in surface environments of extraterrestrial bodies, specifically Mars, the Moon, asteroids, comets, and satellites. Mainly geological studies and mission-related instrument developments including GPR (ground-penetrating radar) and optical cameras.
Space exploration projects of various space agencies successfully accumulate a significant amount of exploration data, where we study through classic planetary geological approach, numerical simulations, and machine learning to deepen our understanding of the surface conditions of extraterrestrial bodies. Such studies would contribute to figuring out when and how we shall use some of these more than 3 million objects existing in the solar system with inexhaustible resources and energy.
We are involved in the outreach program, which initiated the TeNQ space museum in the amusement park, Tokyo-dome, near the university campus. We consider this activity has significant importance to share the exciting findings in the space science/missions with the greater public, which is necessary to proceed with further space programs.