Press Release


1st International Announcement of Opportunity for
HAYABUSA Sample Investigation

January 24, 2012 (JST)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has been engaged in initial analysis* of Itokawa’s sample brought back by HAYABUSA. On this occasion we would like to inform you of offering the announcement of opportunity for HAYABUSA Sample Investigation.

Through the peer review, JAXA will provide HAYABUSA sample to researcher who submits research proposal in the framework of this Announce of 0pportunity (herein after referred as "AO"). This AO is planned to be conducted a few times. The 1st International AO issues on January 24th 2012.

Please see the appendix.

* "Initial analysis" means the analysis of typical particles to obtain information necessary for categorizing (identification, classification and numbering). Initial analysis is scheduled to end with announce of opportunity.


HAYABUSA sample International Announcement of Opportunity (AO)

  1. Objectives of AO
    To maximize scientific achievement of HAYABUSA project through the selection of outstanding research proposal by International AO for Itokawa's Sample Investigation. The objective of AO, therefore, is to contribute to development of planetary science worldwide.

  2. Application method
    Proposers apply through "JAXA 1st International Announcement of Opportunity for HAYABUSA Sample Investigation website" which JAXA has prepared as follows.


  3. Review method
    JAXA International AO Committee that consists of domestic and foreign experts will review proposals and will select outstanding research.

  4. Future plans
    Announcement of Opportunity  
    Due date for proposals
    Completion of review
    Distribution of sample
    24 January, 2012
    7 March, 2012 (15:00 UT)
    Mid May, 2012
    Soonafter the completion of review
    (Details of subsequent AO are to be determined.)