Asteroid Day Affiliation:
Makoto Yoshikawa is the Mission Manager for Hayabusa2 at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Institute of Space and Astronautical Sciences (ISAS). He specializes in celestial mechanics, particularly in orbital analysis of small Solar System bodies such as asteroids and comets.
He is a member of the orbit determination group of ISAS/JAXA and is involved in missions such as GEOTAIL, Akatsuki, and IKAROS. Apart from the space missions, he is working for the issues of the planetary defense (spaceguard), the collision of small bodies to the earth. He attends to the NEO (Near Earth Object) working group of UN COPUOS, SMPAG (Space Missions Planning Advisory Group), and IAWN (International Asteroid Warning Network). He was also one of the founders of the Japan Spaceguard Association.
He received his BS and PhD at the University of Tokyo and part of Nature’s 10 People who mattered this year in 2018.