Coming across the planetary mission leads me here.



1.What kind of the research are you doing?

I am studying about the Martian atmosphere observed from spacecrafts orbiting Mars. I have chances to discuss with researches in foreign countries because these spacecrafts belong to NASA and/or ESA. I have learned that a lot of people in the world cooperate with space missions. And It was really fascinated me. Now, I also research about a camera which will be loaded onto a future Japanese spacecraft. I hope to analyze a data obtained by Japanese spacecraft orbiting Mars someday.
Except for my research, I and my colleagues engage in science events for children. Last year, we talked about Mars science. I like museums since childhood, and they gave me a dream for the future. I am pleased to get a chance to teach our science to children.

2.What is the reason for starting your study?

A return of Hayabusa was a trigger of my dream. After that, my parents took me JAXA to look at opening to the public. I remember that it was a beginning to consider a job using the spacecraft and planetary science. When I found a laboratory which studies planetary explorations with the use of satellites after I entered the university, I decided to join the group. Coming across the planetary mission leads me here. Recently, I went to JAXA for my research. It was very happy for me. I would like to say thank you to my parents.

3.Message for prospective students

My great teacher told me “Chance of limitation doesn’t decide by the others”. This word made me brave. Though I was a beginner of road bike, I decided to go to Nagoya from Sendai by bicycle. I moved about 100 km in a day then It took 8 days. I think I was stupid. However, I have learned that goals can be accomplished even if I never give it. I am more tough than ever.
I plan to hold outreach events in the future. I hope that everyone can understand the science and research easily through the events.