On February 11 (Thu), a national holiday in Japan, the MHI Group conducted a science class on the connections between rocket launches and marine turtles at the Mitsubishi Minatomirai Industrial Museum in Yokohama. A total of 92 people participated in the morning session and 52 in the afternoon session.
Mr. Matsuzawa explained what kind of animal marine turtles are, what biodiversity is, what connections exist between space development and marine turtles, and what the "Tanegashima Loggerhead Turtle Survey" is all about. His explanations were very easy to understand, mixed with enjoyable quiz questions. He also showed the participants specimens of a marine turtle shell and immersed turtle eggs. The participants came away from the class with an appreciation of the profundity of marine turtle life and the need for their protection.
The "Tanegashima Loggerhead Turtle Survey" will continue in FY2016.