May 30, 2014 | News & Notices Letter of Appreciation Received from Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Shimadzu has received a letter of appreciation from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), for its contributions to the development, launch, and operation of the "HISAKI" Spectroscopic Planet Observatory that was launched by an Epsilon rocket in September, 2013.
"HISAKI" is the world's first space telescope for observing planets such as Venus, Mars, and Jupiter from a satellite orbiting around the Earth.
Regular observations started from the end of November, 2013 using spectroscopic observations of extreme ultraviolet radiation from the planets to investigate the mechanism by which the planetary atmosphere escapes into space, and how the energy in Jupiter's plasma environment is being supplied.
Shimadzu was responsible for the development and manufacture of the toroidal diffraction grating that is used to efficiently disperse very weak extreme ultraviolet radiation from space. The letter of appreciation was in recognition of the cooperation that allowed these extreme ultraviolet spectroscopic observations of the planets to be made with high precision and optical performance.