JAXA PR — 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 Opportunity (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 below.
* “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.)