Nozomi (spacecraft)

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Nozomi (のぞみ?) is the name of the a Japanese spacecraft which was sent toward Mars.

The launch was a project of the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science of the University of Tokyo.

The spacecraft was launched on July 3, 1998.[1]

Nozumi was planned as a Mars-orbiting probe. The mission was not successful because of electrical failures.

The Nozumi probe project was ended on December 31, 2003.[1]

International partnership[change | edit source]

Nozomi carried scientific instruments from Japan, Canada, Germany, Sweden and the United States.[2] including the European Space Agency, NASA and the Swedish Institute of Space Physics.[3]

Canada provided a thermal plasma analyser. This was the Canadian Space Agency's first participation in an interplanetary mission.[4]

References[change | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 JAXA, "Catalogue of ISAS Missions"; retrieved 2012-4-24.
  2. NASA, "Nozomi"; retrieved 2012-4-24.
  3. Harvey, Brian et al. (2010). Emerging Space Powers: The New Space Programs of Asia, the Middle East and South-America, p. 54.
  4. Canadian Space Agency (CSA), "Nozomi's mission to Mars"; retrieved 2012-4-24.

Other websites[change | edit source]

Media related to Nozomi at Wikimedia Commons