When conducting a planetary exploration, it is necessary to study the target well in advance and obtain the following basic information that is important for the design of the spacecraft and instruments: orbit, size, reflectance, rotation, surface conditions and composition of the target object, and so on. To obtain such information, we use our own telescopes at some time, and at other times we obtain the observational time of large telescopes. One of the purposes of this project is to obtain the information needed for the planetary exploration that we are aiming for. We also conduct an exoplanet observation to understand the formation and evolution of planets beyond our solar system, which is a sort of an indirect planetary exploration using a telescope.
Responsible researcher: Ryo ISHIMARU
Senior Staff Scientist, Planetary Exploration Research Center, Chiba Institute of Technology
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