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Oct. 27, Mon.

Space Special - Space Expo 2014

For this "On Site" segment, join Brian Hughes at Makuhari Messe for Space Expo 2014. Where there's a whole lot of great galactic gear that's the result of the efforts of businesses large and small, creations that represent the synergy of all the high-tech developments made right here in Japan.

Schedule: Jul. 19 - Sep. 23, 2014
Location: Makuhari Messe

This unique event is dedicated to the past, present and future of human space exploration. It was held thanks to the cooperation of NASA, JAXA and the US Space and Rocket Center, among others. We look at the history of space exploration and get an in-depth glimpse of the past, present and future of Japanese space exploration. From its origins with the rocketry experiments of Professor Hideo Itokawa to the present day success of Hayabusa, the first craft to touch down on an asteroid and return a sample to earth, with a unique ion engine developed by JAXA and built by NEC. Then, we look onward to plans for the first practical space elevator that's being developed by Obayashi, a Japanese construction firm. All of this is possible thanks to Japanese industry, including efforts from companies large and small.

  • Space Special - Space Expo 2014
  • Space Special - Space Expo 2014
  • Space Special - Space Expo 2014
  • Space Special - Space Expo 2014
  • Space Special - Space Expo 2014
  • Space Special - Space Expo 2014

Further Info:

Please note that some of the products or services featured in this program may be prototypes and not be sold at stores. NHK is not responsible for any damages, losses or injuries caused by the usage of these products or services.

- Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
http://www.space-expo2014.jp/english
General Inquiries +81-3-5405-8686

Space Special - Lunar Globe

In this "Gadgets" segment, we look at an incredibly detailed 1/4,000,000 scale lunar globe. It has been very well received by the educational community and represents a practical application of the fruits of Japanese space exploration. You've never seen the moon like this, unless you're one of the lucky few to have been there.

Moonscope is a moon globe made with a high level of precision thanks to the data form Kaguya, JAXA's lunar observation satellite. A small educational IT solutions company developed it in cooperation with JAXA. The company, located in Shibuya, Tokyo, is called MT-planning. Their globe is not only a precise, three-dimensional model of the moon; it is also embedded with educational content, which is the company's area of expertise. It is 4 millionths of the size of the actual moon, and the scale of the relief has been doubled to emphasize the surface features. The colors of the surface may appear grayer than what you might imagine, but it is true to life. The educational content is delivered via imbedded RFID tags and can be displayed on a hand-held device as well as a larger monitor. It represents the next step in science education and may soon be a necessity in every classroom.

  • Space Special - Lunar Globe
  • Space Special - Lunar Globe
  • Space Special - Lunar Globe
  • Space Special - Lunar Globe
  • Space Special - Lunar Globe
  • Space Special - Lunar Globe

Further Info:

Please note that some of the products or services featured in this program may be prototypes and not be sold at stores. NHK is not responsible for any damages, losses or injuries caused by the usage of these products or services.

- MT-planning.ltd
http://www.mt-planning.com/works/works_moon_scope.html (Japanese Only)
Public Relations +81-3-5489-3815

Space Special - JAXA Tsukuba Space Center

In this "Special Report" segment, go with Matthew Masaru Barron on a visit to a very special place, the JAXA Tsukuba Space Center. There, we'll take an in-depth look at the Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo", part of the International Space Station and quite possibly the greatest piece of gear ever made in Japan!

JAXA's Tsukuba Space Center is the heart of the Japanese space program. The Space Dome is a facility where visitors can get a close look at actual-size replicas of satellites, real rocket engines, and even a life-size reproduction of the Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo". Developed by JAXA, "Kibo" is one of the modules attached to the International Space Station that's in orbit 400 km above the surface of the earth. It is Japan's first manned facility, and with it, the crew makes use of the environment of space to conduct long-term experiments. Ms. Akane Takahashi from JAXA gives us a guided tour including a description of the ins and outs of daily life on this amazing piece of mega great gear. We also take a look at the H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV), "Kounotori," which means "stork" in Japanese. It delivers vital supplies to astronauts on the ISS.

  • Space Special - JAXA Tsukuba Space Center
  • Space Special - JAXA Tsukuba Space Center
  • Space Special - JAXA Tsukuba Space Center
  • Space Special - JAXA Tsukuba Space Center
  • Space Special - JAXA Tsukuba Space Center
  • Space Special - JAXA Tsukuba Space Center

Further Info:

Please note that some of the products or services featured in this program may be prototypes and not be sold at stores. NHK is not responsible for any damages, losses or injuries caused by the usage of these products or services.

- Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
http://global.jaxa.jp/about/centers/tksc/
Public Relations +81-29-868-5000

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