The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) plans to launch a satellite called "SELENE" (SELenological and ENgineering) in the summer of 2007. The satellite will collect scientific data on the formation of the moon and its transitional history. This is the biggest lunar exploration project since the Apollo Project.
JAXA is accepting short messages to be written in very small letters (35 micrometers per letter) on the satellite. Approximately 300,000 messages will be engraved on sheets that will be attached to the accelerator panel and the adapter truss. Submissions must include a name (maximum: 20 English letters or 10 Japanese characters) and a message (maximum: 40 English letters or 20 Japanese characters). (Messages may be used on the JAXA website or other promotional materials in addition to being put on the satellite.)
You can send your submission by regular mail or through the JAXA website. Please follow the links below for more information. The deadline is January 31, 2007.
The International Women's Network (IWN) is a group of women who enjoy chatting with people from all over the world. We hold a monthly potluck dinner where we exchange information about the local community while eating a variety of foods. No reservation is needed to attend the potluck. Just bring one dish of food and show up at the meeting. Newcomers are always welcome! Take advantage of this unique opportunity to enjoy the international city of Tsukuba with us!
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