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Japan's First Infrared Astronomy Satellite Akari (ASTRO-F)

1.Akari (ASTRO-F) Updates Space Maps After 20 Years
Hiroshi Murakami Photo Hiroshi Murakami, Akari Project Manage
What is the history of the universe? Are we the only intelligent life? Japan's first infrared astronomical satellite, Akari, was designed to reveal the origin and evolution of the universe. Ten years were spent on its development. Project Manager Hiroshi Murakami reveals his thoughts on Akari and his hopes for new discoveries.


2.World's Astronomers Watching for Akari (ASTRO-F)
George Helou Photo George Helou, Director of the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center, and
Senior Research Faculty, California Institute of Technology
Deputy Director, Spitzer Science Center

NASA's infrared astronomical satellite, the Spitzer Space Telescope, is now carrying out its mission in space. Prof. Helou, who plays a leading role in the project, introduces Spitzer's latest achievements. He also talks about his expectations for Akari's All Sky Survey, which will update space maps for the first time in 20 years, and his ideas for new research using Akari data.
Hyung Mok Lee Photo Hyung Mok Lee, Professor at Seoul National University, Korea Representative of Akari (ASTRO-F) International Collaborative Research Group

Akari is Japan's first large-scale collaborative astronomical research project with Korea. The Korean representative, Prof. Hyung Mok Lee, shares his thoughts on the benefits of Akari, and his expectations for further collaboration between Japan and Korea in the future.
Michael Rowan-Robinson Photo Michael Rowan-Robinson
Professor at Imperial College London, Representative of the  British/Dutch Collaborative Research Group for Akari (ASTRO-F)

Of all the infrared astronomical satellites, Akari can observe greater regions with broader wavelengths than ever before. European astronomers are looking forward to the data it is expected to produce. Prof. Rowan-Robinson, who has led major satellite projects such as IRAS, ISO and the Hubble Space Telescope, talks about the characteristics of Akari.

3. Achievements of Infrared Astronomical Satellites

Infrared astronomy studies the birth, life and death of stars by observing cosmic dust, which is not visible with an optical telescope. Here is the chronology of achievements of infrared astronomical satellites, starting with the world's first infrared space telescope, IRAS, in 1983.

LINK (ISAS) : Akari (ASTRO-F) Project Site

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