|ISS Astronaut Activity Report, November
This is NASDA's November primary activity report for ISS astronauts Furukawa,
Hoshide, and Sumino. The three were busy both in Japan and the US attending
advanced training that started in October in Houston, and participating
in various activities in Japan.
Advanced training is conducted using international partners' facilities
to deepen the astronauts'understanding of the systems and operations of
the International Space Station (ISS). The advanced training conducted
at NASA Johnson Space Center, Texas, in October through November was the
second following the session last spring. Astronauts Doi, Wakata, and Noguchi
also participated in this training. They received training on major ISS
systems and also on medical aids, on-orbit repairs, US payloads, and photography
using cameras that will actually be used on orbit. They also received training
on the Space Shuttle, which will be used as a transport to the ISS.
Some of the November training scenes are shown here.
- Training on ISS tools
Training on how to use fire extinguishers, handrails, and hatches was conducted
using an ISS mockup located in Johnson Space Center
Training on Fire Extinguisher Operations
Training on Hatch Operations
- Training on Emergency Egress from Space Shuttle
Astronauts received training on emergency egress from the Space Shuttle
wearing their launch and entry suit.
Training was conducted assuming emergency egress cases, such as escaping
from an ascending Space Shuttle, escaping from a Shuttle ceiling window
using a rope in case the hatch cannot be opened after landing, or escaping
through the hatch using a rope or a slide.
|From left, astronauts Hoshide,
Sumino, and Thomas Reiter (ESA)
||Full Fuselage Trainer
from an ascending Shuttle.
through the sealing window using rope after Shuttle landing.|
|Emergency egress through the
hatch using rope after Shuttle landing
||Emergency egress through the
hatch using slide after Shuttle landing.|
- System malfunction training
System malfunction training was conducted as well, simulating actual operations
based on a scenario, working together with the mission control center.
with astronaut Pedro Duque (ESA) to the right. He flew STS-95
with astronaut Mukai.
Kibo's Extravehicular Activity procedure development test No. 3 (OPS#3)
was conducted in the Weightless Environment Test Facility at Tsukuba Space
Center from November 5 to 26, 2001. NASDA astronauts Wakata, Furukawa,
Hoshide, and Sumino participated in this test along with NASA astronaut
||Kibo's Extravehicular Activity procedure development test
When the test was opened to the press on November12, Wakata participated
in the test and Sumino gave a description to the press.
For more details click here.
|Astronaut Sumino giving a
description to the press while astronaut Wakata participates in the test.
||Astronaut Sumino awarded the Honored Citizen Prize of Matsudo
City, Chiba prefecture.|
At the Ceremony (Photo by Matsudo City)
Astronaut Sumino, born in Matsudo City, Chiba Prefecture, was awarded the
Honored Citizen Prize of Matsudo City on November 22, at the City Hall
of Matsudo. This prize was established in order to award persons and groups
associated with Matsudo City who accomplish remarkable achievements in
the field of sports, culture, and social activities. Sumino was awarded
following Mr. Masao Sugiura who was awarded as the first person for his
being a waterman at the ferry of Yagiri, in 1999. Along with Sumino, Mr.
Nobuo Murakami, the cooking advisor of the Imperial Hotel, and Mr. Yutaka
Wada the batting coach of the professional baseball team "Hanshin
Tigers," also received the award.
The second "Kibo" Utilization Symposium was held on November
28, 2001, in Osaka prefecture, following the first symposium held in Tokyo
in March this year. This symposium was planned to provide information on
the ISS and Kibo to the public, especially to those who were unfamiliar
with the program itself, to promote utilization of the ISS and Kibo as
an "on-orbit laboratory."The symposium was also broadcasted live
to NASDA headquarters in Tokyo and Tsukuba Space Center in Ibaraki prefecture.
Astronaut Hoshide briefed the audience on the assembly status of the ISS
||Astronaut Hoshide participated in the "Kibo" Utilization
Symposium in Kansai.|
The Japanese ISS astronauts' December activity report will be issued
in January 2002.
Last Updated: January 8, 2002