Japan SSERVI Team Capabilities and Research Interests:
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) / Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) became an Associate Member in July 2019.
PI: Dr. Hitoshi Kuninaka, ISAS/JAXA Director General (former Hayabusa Mission Project Manager).
ISAS, a division of JAXA, is the national center of space science research in Japan. ISAS is strongly involved with the space science and engineering communities across Japan, making it an appropriate host institute for the Japanese SSERVI node. The diversity and range of ISAS activities means that there are numerous areas of overlap where international SSERVI activities could be complementary.
ISAS has a robust research program focused on the history, evolution, and environment of Earth’s Moon, and its future exploration and utilization. The research done by the small bodies community at ISAS has mainly centered around the sample return missions Hayabusa (completed), Hayabusa 2 (underway), and the Martian Moons eXploration (MMX) mission (under-development).