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JAXA TANPOPO mission is an astrobiological experiment consists of exposure and micrometeoroid capture experiments on the International Space Station.

We are going to capture microbes esaped from Earth and micrometeorite coming from space.

We test the survivability of microbes and organic matters at ISS altitude.

See the following site (in Japanese) for more details.

University of Aizu Development for Tanpopo


We deal with data produced during initial analysis of samples of the micrometeoroid capture experiment.

This application compiles a database of the obtained data and performs a search to display the results.

It is composed of the backend side which compiles a database and returns the results, and front side which performs a search to display the results.

Development was started from backend by a graduate student of UoA, Mr. Shigeru Nakano [1] [2].

Development has been continued in PBL courses supported by FY2017-19 Coordination Funds for Promoting AeroSpace Utilizaiton, MEXT, Japan [3].

"Aizu Laboratory, Inc." [4] supports development of the software.

A lot of advices from project members of JAXA "TANPOPO" and "TANPOPO2" mission are given.


Here, we release and distribute source code of TANPOPO DB's frontend (tanpopoDB_frontend_v1.0.0) as an open source educational material.

You need to build operating environment by yourself and generate execution file for using this application.

Required items for building operating environment are as flollows;

- macOS

- homebrew

- Node.js

Latest version Download size ~5MB

Please check detailed procedures of building operating environment, compiling and execution in #Documents/“InstallationTanpopo_ja.pdf”.


In AY2019, TanpopoDB for mission team members (outside of UoA) has been developed, followed by release and distribution of source code of TANPOPO DB's frontend (tanpopoDB_frontend_v1.0.0) as an open source educational material.

We asked Aizu Laboratory, Inc. to develop application for extending TanpopoDB functionality and to create the reference (2020.2.28 completed). Details are as follows.

  1. Implementation for external disclosure
    • Established a network environment for disclosing to the outside of UoA (SSL, SSH remote access, domain acquisition)
    • The application was replaced to WEB front-end with React using Electron (Cross-platform desktop application engine)
    • User IDs and passwords can only be used within the university, allowing access within the same segment.
    • Prepared user application form. The content of the input is sent to the administrator by email.
    • Set domain (tanpopo.u-aizu.ac.jp) for DNS
    • Set up SSL connection (certificate. key file)
    • Made SSH remote work possible
    • Offered dataset of DOI
    • DOI can be shown when Impact ID is searched

Release Notes

2019.9.25 JAXA TANPOPO mission tanpopoDB_frontend_v1.0.0 released

2020.2.28 JAXA TANPOPO mission TanpopoDB Extended functionality


Developers and advisors

Aizu Laboratory, Inc.

The University of Aizu



Copyright (c) 2019 The University of Aizu

JAXA TANPOPO mission tanpopoDB_frontend_v1.0.0 is released under the Berkeley Software Distribution License (BSD).


Development of TanpopoDB was carried out by the joint usage / research program at the Research Center for Space Informatics, University of Aizu.


  1. Shigeru Nakano, February 2018, Graduation Thesis, the University of Aizu, "Building Database for JAXA TANPOPO Mission"
  2. Kyoko Okudaira, Junya Imani, Yuichi Yaguchi, Yukihiro Ishibashi, Satoshi Sasaki, Hajime Yano, Shigeru Nakano, Naru Hirata, Akihiko Yamagishi, and TANPOPO DA/DB team (Poster presentation)
    FY2017 Astrobiology Network Workshop, ISAS/JAXA, Sagamihara-city, Kanagawa, November 16-17, 2017, Special session "TANPOPO"
  3. Coordination Funds for Promoting AeroSpace Utilizaiton, MEXT, Japan (in Japanese) http://www.mext.go.jp/a_menu/kaihatu/space/jigyou/detail/1347482.htm
  4. Aizu Laboratory, Inc. http://www.aizulab.com
  5. FY2019-2021 National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS), Astrobiology Center (ABC), “Satellite” program (Yoko Kebukawa)