National Institute of Polar Research (Japan)
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National Institute of Polar Research (Japanese: 国立極地研究所 Hepburn: Kokuritsu-kyokuchi-kenkyūjo) is the Japanese research institute for Antarctica. The agency manages several research bases on the continent.
In 1969, the NIPR started collecting meteorites. Their meteorite collection contains almost 17,000 specimens of meteorites – one of the world's largest meteorite collections. The Antarctic meteorite research in the United States is guided by ANSMET.
Planetary science education
The NIPR Antarctic Meteorite Research Center loans a set of 30 thin sections of various meteorite types for use in education. The Institute prepared 20 sets of this collection. They were used in several European countries as well, including Hungary, Romania, Denmark, and Belgium. The set includes lunar and Martian meteorites.
- Yanai K., Kojima H., Haramura H. (1995): Catalog of Antarctic Meteorites. NIPR, Tokyo
- William A. Cassidy, Meteorites, Ice and Antarctica, Cambridge University Press (2003), ISBN 0-521-25872-3
- Official Japanese website
- Official English website
- Future Symposiums at the National Institute of Polar Research
- Antarctic Meteorite Research (journal)
- Memoirs of National Institute of Polar Research
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