Space Challenge in Ginza
Revealing Secrets of Outer Space
with Satellites and Large-Scale Telescope
Exhibition Dates : July 06,2018（Fri.）– September 04,2018（Tue.）
Open : 11:00 – 21:00
Admission : Free
Connecting outer space and our lives for more affluent daily life, the “Space Challenge in Ginza” event utilizes interactive video and various satellites and large-scale telescopes exhibits to present Mitsubishi Electric technologies that are closing in on the mysteries of the universe.
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Symbol Object that Casts the Relationship between Earth and Satellites into Shape
By shining light from different directions on the object coated with a special film, different-colored rays of light reflect off of or shine through it to paint the space.
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Pass environmental testing and launch your own original satellite!
Let’s send your customized satellite into space!
Here in Ginza, this summer only, Mitsubishi Electric has prepared a spectacular space experience you should not miss. Bring back the memories of yesteryears, the days that you looked up into the night sky and wondered about the mysteries of outer space. During the event, at METoA VISION, visitors can personally customize a satellite they have chosen and then make it pass rigorous environmental testing. You can even watch it being launched into space. We hope you will enjoy this unique space experience.
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Experiential Theater “Satellite Journey”
Join us to watch a satellite’s journey
Satellites Challenging the Inhospitable Conditions of Outer Space
Satellites have different roles in various areas such as supporting weather forecasts, communications broadcasting, and positional information services. They are now vital to people’s everyday lifestyles and consistent, stable operation is essential. However, outer space presents a much harsher environment than one could ever imagine on Earth, including intense heat and the effects of a vacuum environment and radiation. Even before a satellite reaches outer space, its body and the on-board equipment go through a number of challenges, including shocks and vibrations when the rocket carrying it is launched. Mitsubishi Electric is involved in the production of many satellites capable of withstanding such unforgiving conditions. At METoA Ginza, you can see first-hand how a satellite goes through various challenges before it gets to outer space in the experiential theater. We hope you enjoy the powerful visual imagery, and special floor and sound effects prepared for this event.
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Using “Tangible Earth,” let’s learn about Earth as seen from outer space!
Interactive Learning with Digital Globe
In the exhibit area, in addition to the impression of actually looking at Earth from outer space, an interactive feature makes it possible to feel clouds moving in real time and even see how whales migrate. Of vital importance to us is to pass down this beautiful planet to future generations. Please take the time to visit this exhibit and view the beautiful blue-green marble we call Earth from various angles, touching it with your own two hands.
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Satellites List Touch-panel
Learn about satellites with the touch of a finger!
Touch-panel display with a comprehensive lineup of satellites manufactured by Mitsubishi Electric
Mitsubishi Electric has been manufacturing various satellites and platforms for more than a half-century. Here, we offer visitors a look at all of our satellites using a touch-panel display. Using your fingers for control, zoom into the role or launch year of a satellite, and see whether it’s a positioning satellite, communications satellite, meteorological satellite, or earth observation satellite, and what it looks like. Please take a look at how Mitsubishi Electric has evolved as part of Japan’s space exploration program.
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Watch satellites traveling through the vast universe right in front of you!
Planetarium experience presenting satellites that play active roles in outer space
Various satellites are supporting people’s lives on Earth. Mitsubishi Electric has brought a planetarium dome to METoA Ginza, enabling visitors to enjoy the life-like experience of looking at satellites in outer space. After capturing the marker in the dome using a handheld tablet, outer space appears on the screen. Simply by tapping on a small satellite in the screen, you can zoom in on it and then have a 360° view of it simply by turning it around using your fingers. You are certain to have a relaxing and enjoyable time in this calming environment, where we offer you the rare experience of taking a close-up look at a satellite.
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Large-Scale Telescopes Virtual Reality Experience
Simulation to Experience the Scale of Large-Scale Telescopes Working to Reveal the Mysteries of the Universe
Largest in Japan!* Let’s climb the 45-meter Radio Telescope at Nobeyama Radio Observatory
The Nobeyama Radio Observatory (NRO), located in Nagano Prefecture, is the home of the largest radio telescope in Japan, jointly developed by Mitsubishi Electric and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan. Invisible radio waves originating from interstellar gases, which are the materials for star formation, are observed here at the end of their journey. It is also well-known for a groundbreaking achievement: the discovery of a supermassive black hole, the first ever found. In the Virtual Reality zone, you can experience the simulation of climbing this gigantic telescope and showing up on its primary mirror. We hope you will enjoy learning about the overwhelming size and power of this 45m-diameter telescope.
*Among antennas dedicated for radio-wave observation
Let’s visit the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array（ALMA）Antenna – Experience a true embellishment in a vast desert!
The Atacama Desert in Chile extends to the Andean Plateau at an altitude of 5,000m above sea level, and is the home of a radio-telescope array consisting of 66 antennas. Known as the ALMA, this telescope is operated through the cooperation of 22 countries and regions, including Japan. Mitsubishi Electric manufactured 16 of the antennas under the responsibility of Japan. By observing radio waves from various celestial objects, ALMA contributes to solve mysteries of the origins of planets and galaxies. Using the virtual reality equipment provided at METoA, visitors can walk around ALMA and enjoy a star-filled night sky, one of the most beautiful views in the world.
Large-Scale Telescopes Virtual Reality Experience （Nobeyama 45-meter Radio Telescope）
You can experience the simulation of climbing this gigantic telescope and showing up on its primary mirror. We hope you will enjoy learning about the overwhelming size and power of this 45m-diameter telescope.
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[Expression of Outer Space]
Digital Globe in 21th Century "Tangible Earth"
Tangible Earth is an interactive digital globe for next generation created by mainly Shinichi Takemura, being a professor in Kyoto University of Art and Design and a representative of Earth Literacy Program. Exhibited at international event, environmental event and education site, for example, G7 Ise-Shima Summit in 2016 or Japan pavilion of milanoexpo-2015 and so on.
|Corporative Companies:||The KAITEKI Institute, Inc.
National Federation of Agricultural Cooperative Association(ZEN-NOH)
soundscape title "Il Poema Del Spazio (The Poem of Space)"
Soundscape Designer Kenta Kamiyama
Born in Tokyo in 1991. He is active mainly in Japan and Italy. He has worked not only as a sound designer but also as an artist.
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METoA Cafe & Kitchen
Miniature Universe on a Plate!
Designed especially for this event, this photogenic dessert of sweets inspired by satellites and the Earth is available in limited number. The satellite is made of cream cheese mixed with crispy cornflakes and accented with a lemon antenna. The subtle sweetness is accentuated by the flavors of pistachio, representing the solar array paddles, and white chocolate with dried raspberry sprinkles. The lemon-flavored sorbet that accompanies it adds summer-season appeal and a refreshing taste. Blue Curacao syrup is used to create the blue color of the Earth. The rich cream cheese and refreshing lemon sorbet combination create an excellent chemistry. Why not end your visit to this most intriguing event and immerse yourself in outer space yet again by trying this alluring sweet dessert.
【Limited availability of ten servings a day】Lemon Space Satellite ￥980 (tax not included)
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You can find a range of original goods available only here featuring the METoA Ginza logo and logo colors.In addition, items related to the theme of the current event are sold here. Please drop by the METoA Ginza Shop during your next visit.