What is the social point of view required for “advancing into space?” A book that finds similarities in the Age of Exploration, when humans once crossed the sea and sought continents, and explores new guidelines.

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[What is the social point of view required for “advancing into space?” ] A book that finds similarities in the Age of Exploration, when humans once crossed the sea and sought continents, and explores new guidelines.

Seibundo Shinkosha Co., Ltd. (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo) will release “Universal Discovery Age” on Thursday, December 8, 2022.
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In recent years, many people have come into contact with space-related news, such as the asteroid exploration by Hayabusa2, the Artemis project aiming for manned lunar exploration, and the challenges of space by many private companies. There is a lot of interest in going into space.
In the near future, there are growing expectations that the advent of an era in which anyone can casually go to space and view the beautiful stars and the earth from there will no longer be a pipe dream. [Image 2

In this book, we refer to the present age, which aims to expand the sphere of human activity from around the Earth to the Moon and Mars, as the “Age of Exploration in Space,” likening it to the Age of Exploration of the 14th and 15th centuries.
The manuscript was written based on the “Report of the Review Committee for the Age of Space Exploration,” which was held as an internal committee of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and compiled for the general public. .
It analyzes the social perspective required for advancing into space in the “Age of Exploration of Space” and the similarities with the background of the former Age of Discovery, and considers the innovations created after that.
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What was it that drove people to the ocean during the Age of Discovery, the social background and religious views that European countries at that time tried to demarcate the world, and the suffering and resistance of the people who had their land stolen. I will explain in detail on the page of the Age of Discovery, and in the second half I will summarize whether the experiences of mankind at that time will be the compass for the Age of Discovery in the future.
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It is hoped that this discussion will serve as a catalyst for building a social consensus regarding the advent of the Age of Exploration, which envisions the exploration of the Moon and Mars, and the advancement of mankind into space.
【table of contents】
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[Author profile] (in order of publication)
Hitoshi Kuninaka
Born in 1960. In March 1988, completed the doctoral program at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Doctor of Engineering (The University of Tokyo). April 2005, Professor at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Space Science Research Headquarters. In September 2012, concurrently served as Hayabusa2 project manager. In April 2015, concurrently appointed Director of Space Exploration Innovation Hub. April 2018, Director of JAXA, Director of Institute of Space and Astronautical Science.
Takashi Kubota
Born in 1960. In 1991, completed the doctoral course at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering. From 1991 to 1993, engaged in image recognition research at Fujitsu Laboratories. In 1993, joined the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Ministry of Education (now JAXA). He is currently a professor at the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Concurrently serves as Chief Engineer of JAXA.
Kiyoshi Higuchi
Born in 1946. Graduated from Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science, Nagoya University. Worked at Space Development Promotion Headquarters, Science and Technology Agency, NASDA, JAXA, etc. From April 2010 to March 2015, he served as Vice President of JAXA after serving as General Manager of Corporate Planning Department and Director.
Shinichiro Narita
Born in 1979, from Hokuto City, Yamanashi Prefecture. In 2005, graduated from Keio University Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Department of Open Environment Science. Joined JAXA in the same year. Since 2020, he has been in charge of future planning, research promotion, international coordination, budgeting, and crisis management for the entire manned space activity business.
Masakazu Asami
Born in 1962. Graduated from the Faculty of Letters, Keio University, and completed the master’s course at the Graduate School of Letters, Keio University. After working as an assistant and associate professor at the Historiographical Institute of the University of Tokyo, and as a visiting researcher at Harvard University, he became a professor at the Faculty of Letters, Keio University. Specializes in Christian history.
Masafumi Goda
Born in 1958. In March 1988, withdrew from Kyoto University Graduate School of Letters, Doctoral Course, Department of Western History. After working as an assistant professor/assistant professor at the Faculty of Education at Niigata University and assistant
professor/professor at the Faculty of Letters at Konan University, he has been a professor at the Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies at Kyoto University since September 2012. PhD (Literature, Kyoto University). Specializes in Portuguese maritime history in the 15th and 16th centuries.
Shinzo Kawamura
Born in Kobe in 1958. Graduated from Sophia University Graduate School of Philosophy. Graduated from the Theological Department of the Pontifical Gregorian University. Completed the doctoral course at Georgetown University in the United States and received a Ph.D. in history. Currently a professor in the Department of History, Faculty of Letters, Sophia University. Specializes in the history of Christianity and the history of negotiations between Japan and Europe. Tetsuyuki Seki
Born in Ibaraki prefecture in 1950. Sophia University Graduate School of Letters, Doctoral Course Completed without completion of credits. After working as a professor at Ryutsu Keizai University, Faculty of Sociology (Department of International Tourism), he is currently an emeritus professor at Ryutsu Keizai University. Specializes in medieval and early modern Spanish history.
Aito Shinohara
Born in Kobe in 1953. Completed graduate school at Osaka University of Foreign Studies (now Faculty of Foreign Studies, Osaka University). Professor Emeritus, Faculty of International Studies, Setsunan University. Majored in Latin American colonial history.
Shosuke Murai
Born in 1949. Professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo. His specialty is the history of pre-modern Japanese foreign relations, and he is particularly interested in boundary space and the maritime world.
Anthony Ichiro Sanda
Born in 1944. In September 1965, entered Princeton University Graduate School, Associate Professor at Rockefeller University. March 1992 Professor, Faculty of Science, Nagoya University. May 2006 Deacon for life in the Diocese of Nagoya. April 2006, Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Kanagawa University.
Kazuyoshi Kawasaki
Born in 1963 in Kure City, Hiroshima Prefecture. In March 1987, completed the Department of Applied Mechanics, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyushu University. In April of the same year, he joined the National Space Development Agency of Japan. In 2020, after working as General Manager of the Business Promotion Department of the Manned Space Technology Division, in April 2022 he became General Manager of the Corporate Planning Department.
[Book overview]
Title: Age of Space Exploration
Edited by: JAXA Space Exploration Age Review Committee
Specifications: A5 size, 424 pages
Regular price: 4,180 yen (tax included)
Release date: Thursday, December 8, 2022
ISBN: 978-4-416-52271-4
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