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Road to a designated city, road to Venus

23 Dec 2009, 02:46 UTC
Road to a designated city, road to Venus
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The countdown ceremony
Sagamihara City, where our campus is based on, exceeded 500 thousands of population, and will become a city designated by government ordinance (the 19th in this country and the 3rd in Kanagawa Prefecture) in coming April, and the city is busy in preparing for this milestone. As a kick-off, the city held a ceremony of the 100-day countdown on December 22. The last part of the ceremony was dedicated to presentation of more than ten thousands of messages from the citizens in Sagamihara City, which will be sent to Venus onboard the Venus Climate Orbiter “Akatsuki”. Project Manager Masato Nakamura received handful messages from Sagamihara City Mayor and pupils. By the way, the address of our office will be changed from “3-1-1 Yoshinodai, Sagamihara” to “3-1-1 Yoshinodai, Chuo, Sagamihara” from April next year accordingly.
http://www.jaxa.jp/event/akatsuki/index_e.html
JAXA相模原キャンパスのある相模原市は合併などで人口50万人を優に上回っていますが、来年4月に政令指定都市(全国で19番目、神奈川県内では3番目)に移行することになり、その準備が進められています。12月22日には相模原市役所前で、政令指定都市移行100日前イベントが執り行われました。式典の最後には相模原市長や市内の小学生から金星探査機「あかつき」に搭載するメッセージの授与があり、JAXAを代表して中村正人プロジェクトマネージャーが1万名分を超える数の寄せ書きの束を受け取りました。ちなみに政令指定都市になるに伴って、来年4月からJAXA相模原キャンパスの地番表示は「相模原市由野台3-1-1」から「相模原市中央区由野台3-1-1」に変更になります。
http://www.city.sagamihara.kanagawa.jp/
http://www.jaxa.jp/event/akatsuki/
Handful messages to be delivered to Venus
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