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Result : JAXA's mission is fulfilled and global space research advances exponentially Result : JAXA's mission is fulfilled and global space research advances exponentially

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The Itokawa particles were enclosed in a container kept in a vacuum state that was jointly developed by JAXA and the Hitachi Group, and distributed to research institutions in several countries. Two scientists at NASA spoke highly of the curation facility project.

Imagine how difficult it is to plan that, years before you know whether you're going to have samples, what they're going to be like, and how you're going to handle them. The scientists and engineers in the clean room and the clean chamber did a fantastic job. And because of their efforts, the science of asteroids has Increased exponentially.

Dr. Michael E. Zolensky NASA

When I came back to Japan to work with other scientists on distributing those samples, it was very clear that the laboratory was working well. There were no problems with the lab. Everything worked very well.

Dr. Carlton Allen NASA

The New Age of Solar System Discovery

In Japan, the curation facility team was presented with a letter of appreciation from Japan's Minister of Education and Space Development Minister for its contributions to the JAXA Hayabusa project.
Today the precious samples from the Itokawa asteroid have been distributed and are being closely examined by NASA and space agencies in other countries throughout the world.
Junichiro Kawaguchi, the Senior Fellow at JAXA at the forefront of the Hayabusa project, praised Hitachi for "accomplishing something unprecedented and extremely difficult." He said this about the significance of the curation facility project's outcome.

In this video:JAXA Senior Fellow Kawaguchi speaks about the significance of the Hayabusa project

This "other" Hayabusa project has opened the door to a coming Age of Discovery about our Solar System. The many new technologies acquired through this project will be applied to a wide range of fields in the future, and will surely be used upon the return to earth of the Hayabusa 2 spacecraft launched in winter 2014. JAXA and Hitachi's curation team are already in motion toward their next project.

About JAXA

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
JAXA was formed in October 2003 through a merger of three organizations: the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), the National Aerospace Laboratory of Japan (NAL) and the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA). JAXA is an independent administrative institution that is active in all aspects of the aerospace field, from basic research to development and utilization. This work in space and aviation is an important means to achieve Japan's policy goals, and has an important mission of contributing to solutions to various domestic and international challenges.

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The collection and analysis of the Itokawa asteroid samples brought back by Hayabusa utilize the wide-ranging technological capabilities of the Hitachi Group in cooperation with JAXA.

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

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Release Date:
Dec. 2014

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