ISS Astronaut Activity Report, March 2004
This is JAXA's March 2004 primary activity report for Japanese ISS astronauts.
Human Engineering Design Evaluation for the Fluid Physics Experiment Facility (FPEF)
The human engineering design evaluation was conducted on the Fluid Physics Experiment Facility (FPEF), an experiment system that will be flown on the Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo." Astronaut Furukawa participated in the evaluation as an examiner.
To simulate the actual experiment planned during orbit, astronaut Furukawa used the proto-flight model (PFM) and the ground model (GM) of the FPEF, and the engineering model (EM) of the experiment system. This simulation will determine if there are any problems, and if any design changes are necessary from the human-engineering perspective.
Paper SIM for the Japanese Experimental Module Kibo Operation Procedures
A paper simulation (Paper SIM) of the Japanese Experimental Module Kibo was conducted in the Mission Control Room of the Space Station Operations Facility at Tsukuba Space Center. The Paper SIM is a simulation using papers instead of the computer display to confirm the operation procedures for Kibo, and it had previously been conducted in January 2004. During this simulation, the mission controller and the instructor were at their console, confirmed the procedures, established communication within the team, and responded to any failures.
Astronaut Sumino participated in the Paper SIM as a SSIPC CAPCOM, and worked as the voice communicator between the mission controller and the crew.
Cosmic College Fundamental Course
In late March, "The Cosmic College Fundamental Spring Course 2004" for children from the fifth grade through the eighth grade was held at ten venues across Japan.
Astronaut Hoshide participated in the course by giving a lecture in Tsukuba on March 27; Astronaut Furukawa did the same in Sagamihara on March 30. Each explained about astronaut training and the International Space Station (ISS). They also answered questions from the children.
Super Science High School Student Exchange Session 2004
Super Science High School (SSH) Student Exchange Session 2004 was held in Tsukuba City from March 24 through 26. Two hundred eight students from 52 SSH-designated high schools across Japan participated in experiments and laboratory projects held at eight different research organizations.
Thirty-two students visited the Tsukuba Space Center where they conducted zero-gravity experiments in the mini drop tower. Astronaut Hoshide answered lots of questions after he told his story of becoming an astronaut and the daily astronaut training.
Astronaut Doi gave a lecture on the last day, after the students had presented their activity outcomes at the presentation session at the Tsukuba International Congress Center. His vivid description of his space flight experience inspired the young people. At the end of his lecture he presented the students with his autograph and these words, "Reach out into the space!"
Last Updated: June 29, 2004