On January 16, 2017, from 6:10 p.m. - 7:50 p.m. (Japan time), a total of six microsatellites were successfully deployed into orbit from the Japanese Experiment Module ("Kibo").
Six of the seven CubeSats launched aboard KOUNOTORI 6 from Tanegashima space center on December 9th will be deployed from Kibo on the night of January 16th.
Joint research by the Tokyo Institute of Technology and JAXA that studied the mechanisms of how bone mass decreases in microgravity using Medaka fish (Oryzias latipes) was conducted onboard the Japanese Experiment Module ("Kibo") of the International Space Station (ISS).
On December 19, 2016, at 5:50 p.m., a microsatellite named "STARS-C" was successfully deployed into orbit after being removed from the Japanese Experiment Module ("Kibo").
A small animal rearing mission conducted in the Kibo module successfully completed the simultaneous rearing of mice under artificial (1G) and microgravity (0G) environments, and the return of all mice to Earth in a live condition.
Samples of the protein crystals launched aboard the Soyuz spacecraft (48S) on October 21 for the JAXA PCG experiment have completed growth in space.
Professor Hideyuki Takahashi's group at Tohoku University Graduate School of Life Sciences elucidated that the transfer of auxin, one of the plant hormones, in plants is seen differently between under the gravity environment on the ground and under the microgravity environment in space.
The Exposed Pallet (EP) with the new ISS battery Orbital Replacement Units (ORUs) onboard was pulled out from the Unpressurized Logistics Carrier (ULC) of KOUNOTORI6
We are pleased to inform you that the 3rdSpace Environment and Kibo Utilization Workshop (SEKUW) will be held in Bangkok, Thailand on 9-10 February 2017.
The ISS Expedition 50 crew opened the hatch of KOUNOTORI6 and entered the Pressurized Logistics Carrier (PLC) at 4:44 a.m., December 14.
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