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Summer Eye's Joy of Knowing

A lesson from the long history of Space research: Just do it



Summer Eye’s Joy of Knowing

As his first name is written as “joy of knowing” (知幸), Summer Eye, aka Tomoyuki Natsume, visits experts in several fields. For the second time in his series, Summer Eye visits Odaiba’s the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan). The museum’s staff are titled “science communicators,” coming from various backgrounds in science. This time, Summer Eye explores the universe with a doctor of science.

A country boy in Chiba witnessed Mars on the Internet. Now he makes music

About 30 years ago, NASA landed the Mars Pathfinder space probe on Mars, the first time in 21 years since 1976, and it was widely covered by the Japanese media. Color photographs of the Martian surface taken by the rover were posted on the then-new “Internet” web page, and could be viewed by anyone in the world. Reddish-brown sand. Rolling stones. The sky was gray and dim, perhaps due to the dust. The earth, with its ruts clearly marked, and the exploratory vehicle in the background.

A room in an apartment complex along the bay coast of Chiba Prefecture. The boy’s eyes sparkled at the faraway landscape on the CRT PC display. Wow ……”, “Cool ……”, “I want to go to space ……”, “I want to build a robot…”. I want to build a robot…”. Since then, his dream has been “to become a scientist and build a space robot.

He worked hard and entered a fairly good high school. However, he realized that science-related studies were not for him at all, and he failed. In the volleyball club, he was bullied by the advisor and quit within a year. Youth, super unexpected. As a result, I became a band member (with a certain amount of effort), and then that band came to an end, and now I am back in Tokyo with a renewed determination to start a solo music career.

I went to the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) in Odaiba, Tokyo.

The person who invited me to the world of science this time was Mr. Homma, who works as a “science communicator. His role is to bridge the gap between the public and science and technology, and to promote activities to create the future together.

I believe that even if science advances, it cannot be called meaningful or valuable science unless it benefits people or is needed by people. Our role is to guide the public toward making use of science by listening to them and communicating with them”. Cool!

You said, “Today you want to know about the universe, what exactly do you want to know about?”

Like, what’s going on on the other side of the universe? I want to know. Also, was it particles? Like the string theory? I am also interested in that kind of thing. I want to know about the origin of matter, or the root of this world. I also love science fiction movies!

Have you seen “Interstellar”? Did you understand the last part?

Of course I have seen it. The last part is the scene in the 5th dimension? I don’t really like that part! There is another part that I don’t like. There is a scene where they are escaping from a planet in a small rocket. When they fly away from the earth, they desperately tried to get out of the atmosphere with a big rocket, but when they get out of the planet, it’s super easy to escape with a whiz. Isn’t that too opportunistic? I thought it was too convenient. Because of that, I couldn’t really concentrate on watching the movie after that.

The group of reporters was in a mood of “I don’t care. The tour began.

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