7. Planetary science

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  1. Full paper

    Laser link experiment with the Hayabusa2 laser altimeter for in-flight alignment measurement

    We report results of a laser link experiment between a laser altimeter called light detection and ranging (LIDAR) aboard Hayabusa2 and ground-based satellite laser ranging stations conducted when the spacecraf...

    Hirotomo Noda, Hiroo Kunimori, Takahide Mizuno, Hiroki Senshu, Naoko Ogawa, Hiroshi Takeuchi, Chris Moore, Alex Pollard, Tomohiro Yamaguchi, Noriyuki Namiki, Teiji Kase, Takanao Saiki and Yuichi Tsuda

    Earth, Planets and Space 2017 69:2

    Published on: 3 January 2017

  2. Full paper

    Evolution of the rheological structure of Mars

    The evolution of Mars has been greatly influenced by temporal changes in its rheological structure, which may explain the difference in tectonics between Mars and Earth. Some previous studies have shown the rh...

    Shintaro Azuma and Ikuo Katayama

    Earth, Planets and Space 2017 69:8

    Published on: 3 January 2017

  3. Full paper

    Tectonic evolution of northwestern Imbrium of the Moon that lasted in the Copernican Period

    The formation ages of tectonic structures and their spatial distributions were studied in the northwestern Imbrium and Sinus Iridum regions using images obtained by Terrain Camera and Multiband Imager on board...

    Yuko Daket, Atsushi Yamaji, Katsushi Sato, Junichi Haruyama, Tomokatsu Morota, Makiko Ohtake and Tsuneo Matsunaga

    Earth, Planets and Space 2016 68:157

    Published on: 20 September 2016

  4. Letter

    Characterization of asteroid analogues by means of emission and reflectance spectroscopy in the 1- to 100-µm spectral range

    The last decades have seen a large number of missions targeting small bodies in the solar system. NASA, ESA and JAXA sent missions to different solar system small bodies (SSSB), and the Japan mission Hayabusa ...

    Alessandro Maturilli, Jörn Helbert, Sabrina Ferrari, Björn Davidsson and Mario D’Amore

    Earth, Planets and Space 2016 68:113

    Published on: 11 July 2016

  5. Full paper

    Thermo-optical simulation and experiment for the assessment of single, hollow, and large aperture retroreflector for lunar laser ranging

    A single aperture and hollow retroreflector [corner-cube mirror (CCM)] that in principle has no internal optical path difference is a key instrument for achieving lunar laser ranging one order or more accurate...

    Hiroshi Araki, Shingo Kashima, Hirotomo Noda, Hiroo Kunimori, Kouta Chiba, Hitomi Mashiko, Hiromasa Kato, Toshimichi Otsubo, Yoshiaki Matsumoto, Seiitsu Tsuruta, Kazuyoshi Asari, Hideo Hanada, Susumu Yasuda, Shin Utsunomiya and Hideo Takino

    Earth, Planets and Space 2016 68:101

    Published on: 7 June 2016

  6. Frontier letter

    AKATSUKI returns to Venus

    AKATSUKI is the Japanese Venus Climate Orbiter that was designed to investigate the climate system of Venus. The orbiter was launched on May 21, 2010, and it reached Venus on December 7, 2010. Thrust was appl...

    Masato Nakamura, Takeshi Imamura, Nobuaki Ishii, Takumi Abe, Yasuhiro Kawakatsu, Chikako Hirose, Takehiko Satoh, Makoto Suzuki, Munetaka Ueno, Atsushi Yamazaki, Naomoto Iwagami, Shigeto Watanabe, Makoto Taguchi, Tetsuya Fukuhara, Yukihiro Takahashi, Manabu Yamada…

    Earth, Planets and Space 2016 68:75

    Published on: 6 May 2016

  7. Full paper

    Development and in-flight calibration of IR2: 2-μm camera onboard Japan’s Venus orbiter, Akatsuki

    IR2, a near-infrared camera in the 2-μm region onboard Akatsuki has been developed to primarily study the middle-to-lower atmospheric dynamics of Venus as probed in the 1.74- and 2.3-μm “windows” of the

    Takehiko Satoh, Masato Nakamura, Munetaka Ueno, Kazunori Uemizu, Makoto Suzuki, Takeshi Imamura, Yasumasa Kasaba, Seiji Yoshida and Masafumi Kimata

    Earth, Planets and Space 2016 68:74

    Published on: 4 May 2016

  8. Full paper

    Miniature lightweight X-ray optics (MiXO) for surface elemental composition mapping of asteroids and comets

    The compositions of diverse planetary bodies are of fundamental interest to planetary science, providing clues to the formation and evolutionary history of the target bodies and the solar system as a whole. Ut...

    Jaesub Hong and Suzanne Romaine

    Earth, Planets and Space 2016 68:35

    Published on: 29 February 2016

    The Erratum to this article has been published in Earth, Planets and Space 2016 68:122

  9. Preface

    Special issue “International CAWSES-II Symposium”

    This special issue gathered papers from the International CAWSES-II Symposium (November 18–22, 2013 at Nagoya University, Japan). Climate and Weather of the Sun-Earth System II (CAWSES-II) is an international ...

    Mamoru Yamamoto, Kazuo Shiokawa, Takuji Nakamura and Nat Gopalswamy

    Earth, Planets and Space 2016 68:26

    Published on: 19 February 2016

  10. Letter

    Mineralogy and petrology of lunar meteorite Northwest Africa 2977 consisting of olivine cumulate gabbro including inverted pigeonite

    Lunar meteorite Northwest Africa (NWA) 2977 is identified as an olivine cumulate gabbro (OC), consisting of coarse cumulate olivine crystals up to 1 mm with low-Ca and high-Ca pyroxenes, plagioclase, and inter...

    Hiroshi Nagaoka, Yuzuru Karouji, Hiroshi Takeda, Timothy J. Fagan, Mitsuru Ebihara and Nobuyuki Hasebe

    Earth, Planets and Space 2015 67:200

    Published on: 12 December 2015

  11. Letter

    X-ray absorption near edge structure spectroscopic study of Hayabusa category 3 carbonaceous particles

    Analyses with a scanning transmission x-ray microscope (STXM) using x-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy were applied for the molecular characterization of two kinds of carbonaceous partic...

    Hikaru Yabuta, Masayuki Uesugi, Hiroshi Naraoka, Motoo Ito, A L David Kilcoyne, Scott A Sandford, Fumio Kitajima, Hajime Mita, Yoshinori Takano, Toru Yada, Yuzuru Karouji, Yukihiro Ishibashi, Tatsuaki Okada and Masanao Abe

    Earth, Planets and Space 2014 66:156

    Published on: 3 December 2014

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