Kaori Hirata

International Visiting Expert


Main Research Fields

I'm a visiting researcher at ESAC and a PhD student from the University of Tokyo (Japan), interested in the origin and nature of planetary building blocks. My research focuses on the elemental compositions on the surface of Mercury.

  • Surface elemental composition of terrestrial planets
  • Remote sensing data analysis / Methodology development


  • Elemental composition
  • X-ray spectroscopy
  • Gamma-ray and neutron spectroscopy
  • Mercury
  • BepiColombo
  • Martian moons/Phobos


Ongoing collaborations



K. Hirata., T. Morota., S. Sugita., C. M. Ernst., & T. Usui. (2022) Magma eruption ages and fluxes in the Rembrandt and Caloris interior plains on Mercury: Implications for the north-south smooth plains asymmetry. Icarus382, 115034. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.icarus.2022.115034.


Project/mission at ESA



Further information

Personal webpage Google Scholar | Research Gate | SPACE Research Group (ISAS/JAXA)