Messages of Condolences


From: william sheehan

To: asada_tadashi

Date: 2019/1/28, Mon 23:38

Subject: Re: Dr. Minami passed away


Dear Tadashi


   I am so very sad to hear this.  He was a great friend and a magnificent student of Mars.

 Perhaps we can have a multi-authored retrospective in the CMO.

   Thank you for letting me know

   All best



William SHEEHAN (Flagstaff, AZ)



From: "Clyde Foster"

Sent: Wednesday, February 06, 2019 11:45 PM

Subject: Dr Masatsugu Minami


Dear all,


As you may have noticed, I have not been able to submit recent Mars images. This is primarily due to ongoing cloudy conditions, and, when there have been small gaps in the clouds, the seeing conditions have invariably been very poor. I will still continue to attempt to image Mars as it gets smaller , should conditions improve.


However, the main purpose of my email, is that, very sadly, I was informed of the passing of Dr Minami.


Although I did not have any significant personal interaction with him, over the last 4-5 years of my involvement in “serious” planetary imaging (with Mars being one of my primary planets of interest) I have become aware of the tremendous heritage and legacy that Dr Minami has contributed , and left, to the Mars Observing community.


Not least of all the work that he has done with the CMO.


May I offer my personal condolences to those that knew him well, and his family. May he rest in peace.


Best regards, Clyde


Clyde FOSTER (Centurion, SOUTH AFRICA)



From: "Richard McKim"

To: <>

Sent: Sunday, February 10, 2019 12:04 AM

Subject: Masatsugu Minami


Dear Masami


I recently learned of the passing of Masatsugu Minami, and am writing to offer my condolences to his friends and family.

I corresponded with him since 1987, and we met in person once in Paris in 2009. I was amazed at the amount of observing that he used to do, and his great energy in writing and editing the CMO. I tried to correspond with him a year ago but, for once receiving no reply, knew that his illness must be serious.

I have added a small appreciation of his work to the BAA Mars section website, under the current observational notes. It was good to have known Masatsugu over so many years, and through the CMO and your organisation, his work will live on.


Sincere good wishes


Dr Richard McKim

British Astronomical Association


Richard McKIM  (Peterborough, The UK)



From: <>

To: "M Murakami - CMO/ISMO"

Sent: Saturday, February 16, 2019 9:51 PM

Subject: Mars Image 2018/10/21


Dear Mr. Murakami,


I regret the loss of Mr. Minami. A rest in peace.


This is a IR-RGB color image of Mars from 21-Oct-2018, under average seeing:


Best regards,


Charles Triana,

AstroExplor Observatory


Charles TRIANA (Bogota, COLOMBIA)



From: "Jeff Beish"

To: <>

Sent: Thursday, March 14, 2019 1:01 AM

Subject: Masatsugu Minami


Dear Masami,


It was indeed very sad to learn of passing of my friend, Masatsugu Minami.  I have corresponded with him since 1986 and had to opportunity to meet with him, and you as well, in 2002 while my wife and I visited our son in Japan.  Masatsugu will surely be missed by many Mars observers all over the Earth. 


Since noticing that the last issue of the CMO was #469 on 25 May 2018, I must ask if the CMO will continue to be published?  Hopefully someone will take over and continue to publish your fine newsletter.


Again, Minami-San will be missed by many people,


Jeff BEISH (Lake Placid, FL)



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