Annoucement (2nd Circular)

With this second circular, we are happy to inform that preparations for the Misasa International Symposium IV, which will be held in Misasa, Japan, from 24th to 26th of February 2012, are progressing well. The Misasa IV is dedicated to give an opportunity to exchange information on space-, environmental-, and human-explorations including sample-return missions, and discuss their possible impacts through material approaches of geochemistry and geology. Especially, we plan to discuss scientific insights brought by recent sample-return missions (Genesis, Stardust, and Hayabusa) with analyses carried out on terrestrial laboratories. The discussion will be fed into coming sample-return missions (Hayabusa-2 and OSIRIS-REx). To understand asteroid and planet evolution continuously, we further try to tie planetary missions (AKATSUKI, MESSENGER, BepiColombo, and Mars Science Laboratory). Combining the view of geology, we want to step into a new planetary exploration to Moon (SELENE-2) and Mars with discipline of comprehensive elemental analysis.
This second circular announces that the registration process begins via this web page. It would be appreciated if those wishing to present papers who have not already notified our secretariat would process via the web page. We will ask individuals for the abstract submission after the registration. An abstract of the paper should be sent through a web form that will open soon. The collection of the abstracts of papers will be printed in a brochure to be distributed to all participants at the Symposium. 
The Misasa IV is dedicated to give an opportunity to exchange information on space-, environmental-, and human-explorations including sample-return missions, and discuss their possible impacts through material approaches of geochemistry and geology.  In this symposium, we intend to connect experts from a broad range of earth/planetary and space sciences and to discuss future collaborating research in Misasa. The exhibition is planned to coincide with the symposium. The highlights in the exhibition, that are open to the public, include virtual FESEM operations on extraterrestrial materials. 

We hope to see you all in Misasa soon.

Sincerely,

Eizo Nakamura
The Pheasant Memorial Laboratory
Institute for Study of the Earth’s Interior
Okayama University
Misasa, Tottori 682-0193, Japan

Organizing Committee

  • Eizo NAKAMURA (Chair, ISEI/Okayama University)
  • Tomoko ARAI (PERC/Chiba Institute of Technology)
  • Masaki FUJIMOTO (ISAS/JAXA)
  • Katsura KOBAYASHI (ISEI/Okayama University)
  • Tak KUNIHIRO (ISEI/Okayama University)
  • Akio MAKISHIMA (ISEI/Okayama University)
  • Takuya MORIGUTI (ISEI/Okayama University)
  • Ryoji TANAKA (ISEI/Okayama University)
  • Tatsuki TSUJIMORI (ISEI/Okayama University)

Host & supporting organizer

  • Institute for Study of the Earth’s Interior, Okayama University (ISEI)
  • Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (ISAS/JAXA)
  • Planetary Exploration Research Center, Chiba Institute of Technology (PERC/ChiTech)

Sponsor

  • The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology in Japan (MEXT)

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