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Mar. 26, 2018 Updated
Name the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO) and send your message to Mercury onboard MMO!

We are looking for the right name for the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO)*, whose upcoming launch is in October 2018, that will give a relatable and familiar nickname so that everyone can follow our journey to Mercury. The person who suggests the selected name will recieve a certificate and souvenir!
We are also searching for people all over the world who are passionate about BepiColombo's journey to explore Mercury to provide messages, illustrations, audio, video and other media. A selection of these will be recorded and loaded onto the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO) before it begins the journey towards our Solar System's innermost planet.
We are looking for messages as glowing as the incandescent planet of Mercury!
* BepiColombo is a joint mission between ESA (the European Space Agency) and JAXA, led by ESA, to explore Mercury. The mission consists of two planetary orbiters: JAXA's MMO (Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter) and ESA's MPO (Mercury Planetary Orbiter).

Name the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO) and send your message to Mercury onboard MMO!

Feb. 9, 2018 Updated
Tanker oil spill in the East China Sea observation by ALOS-2/PALSAR-2

In January 6, 2018, Iranian company's tanker "SANCHI" (Panama flag) collided with a cargo ship (Hong Kong flag) in the East China Sea off the east coast of China and a fire broke out. The tanker drifted into Japan's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) not being extinguished and exploded and sank at the sea about 315 km west of Amami Oshima in the afternoon of 14th. Oil is draining from the sunk tanker.
JAXA observed near the sinking point with synthetic aperture radar (PALSAR-2) equipped with “DAICHI-2” (ALOS-2) at 03:33 UTC on January 18th. Figure shows observing area with PALSAR-2 including the location of the sunk tanker. At the east side of the location, the Kuroshio flows from the southwest to the northeast (from Quick Bulletin of Ocean Conditions, Hydrographic and oceanographic Department, Japan Coast Guard).
In the future, we will continue observing near the accident site with our satellite.

Tanker oil spill in the East China Sea observation by ALOS-2/PALSAR-2

Feb. 6, 2018 Updated
Successful Launch Experiment, SS-520 No. 5

Exactly at 2:03 pm (Japan Standard Time) at the JAXA Uchinoura Space Center, JAXA experimented SS-520 No. 5 launch with a microsatellite TRICOM-1R aboard.
After liftoff, flight of SS-520 No. 5 proceeded normally. Around 7 minutes 30 seconds into flight, TRICOM-1R separated and was inserted into its target orbit.
SS-520 No. 5 launch experiment was the second attempt following the failure of SS-520 No. 4, which occurred in January 2017. Identification of the error and subsequent countermeasures resulted in the success of No.5 launch experiment. The No. 5 launch experiment was carried out to demonstrate the technology used for small satellite launcher.

Successful Launch Experiment, SS-520 No. 5

Jan. 18, 2018 Updated
Success of Epsilon-3 Launch with ASNARO-2 Aboard

At 6:06:11 a.m. (Japan Standard Time) January 18, 2017, JAXA launched Epsilon-3, the third Epsilon launch vehicle which encapsulates NEC Small radar satellite "ASNARO-2", from the JAXA Uchinoura Space Center. The launch occurred on time. The launch and flight of Epsilon-3 took place normally. Approximately 52 minutes 35 seconds into the flight, the separation of ASNARO-2 proceeded, with confirmation as successful.

Success of Epsilon-3 Launch with ASNARO-2 Aboard

Jan. 12, 2018 Updated
First Light images from SHIKISAI (GCOM-C) were released

JAXA has released some observation images on the Earth acquired by the Global Change Observation Mission - Climate "SHIKISAI" (GCOM-C). The SHIKISAI was launched from the Tanegashima Space Center at 10:26:22 on December 23, 2017 (Japan Standard Time). These images are obtained by using the test radio wave transmitted from GCOM-C/SGLI on January 1st to 6th, 2018 (JST).
Image: Color composite image around the Okhotsk Sea Ice

First Light images from SHIKISAI (GCOM-C) were released

Dec. 24, 2017 Updated
SHIKISAI and TSUBAME critical operation phase successfully completed! Initial function verification starts!

JAXA received telemetry data from SHIKISAI and TSUBAME, confirming that their satellite attitude control system had transitioned to the steady state. Current status of both satellites is stable.
Subsequently, the following procedure occurred - power generation that supports the satellites’ operation by the deployed solar array wings, ground communications and sound attitude control that maintains those operations. Combined by the completion of the series of other operations, such as powering up of the bus and mission equipment, the satellites have entered the state where they can be sustained in orbit. This concludes their critical operations phase.
SHIKISAI and TSUBAME will take about three months to verify the function of its onboard equipment and instruments in space.

SHIKISAI and TSUBAME critical operation phase successfully completed! Initial function verification starts!

Dec. 23, 2017 Updated
Successful Launch, H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 37 Encapsulating SHIKISAI and TSUBAME

The H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 37 with the Global Change Observation Mission - Climate "SHIKISAI" (GCOM-C) and the Super Low Altitude Test Satellite "TSUBAME" (SLATS) onboard lifted off at 10:26:22 a.m. on December 23, 2017 (Japan Standard Time) from the Tanegashima Space Center.
The launch and flight of H-IIA F37 proceeded as planned. So did the separation of SHIKISAI and TSUBAME, which was confirmed respectively at approximately 16 minutes and 13 seconds and 1 hour and 47 minutes 59 seconds after liftoff.

Successful Launch, H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 37 Encapsulating SHIKISAI and TSUBAME

Dec. 19, 2017 Updated
Astronaut Kanai began his long-term stay at ISS

The Soyuz Spacecraft with Astronaut Norishige Kanai onboard lifted off at 10:36 a.m. on December 17 (Sun., Japan Standard Time,) and docked with the International Space Station (ISS) on December 19 (Tue.). After the hatch to the ISS opened at 7:54 p.m., His first long-term stay there has started.
He will stay at the ISS for about six months as a crewmember of the Expedition 54/55, and will return to Earth in June on the Soyuz spacecraft (53S/MS-07).
Please keep following our updates and don't miss his activities in space. We are welcoming support messages from you!

Astronaut Kanai began his long-term stay at ISS

Dec. 17, 2017 Updated
Soyuz launched with Astronaut Kanai onboard

The Soyuz spacecraft with Astronaut Norishige Kanai aboard was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome (Republic of Kazakhstan) at 16:21 p.m. on December 17 (Japan Standard time.) The Soyuz will dock with the International Space Station on December 19 (Tue.) JAXA will broadcast a live report of the Soyuz crew including Astronaut Kanai entering the ISS from 7:43 pm on December 19. Please watch it!

Soyuz launched with Astronaut Kanai onboard

Dec. 13, 2017 Updated
JAXA, ESA, CNES, DLR Shake hand on Remote Sensing Data

On December 11, 2017 (local time), JAXA and Japanese National Institute for Environmental Agency (NIES) made a collaboration agreement with European Space Agency (ESA) and on December 12, 2017 (local time), with German Space Center (DLR). The agreement, regarding remote sensing of greenhouse gases and related missions, was signed in Paris, France.
Through the agreement, the parties provide data to cross examine its validity, enabling them to fine tune Earth observation. JAXA will honor its end of the deal by making the data available from GOSAT and GOSAT-2.
JAXA, NIES, and the two other agencies are resolved to help achieve the contributions under the Paris Agreement and to promote global cooperation with other environmental organizations. Calibration and verification of remote sensing data will greatly support that agenda.

JAXA, ESA, CNES, DLR Shake hand on Remote Sensing Data

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