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Successful deployment of six CubeSats delivered by KOUNOTORI6

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").

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Decision of CubeSats deployment date carried aboard KOUNOTORI 6

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.

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Genes other than bone-related genes also show rapid enhancement of expression under microgravity<br>--Results of eight consecutive days of live imaging Medaka fish in Kibo

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).

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Successful deployment of a CubeSat delivered by KOUNOTORI6

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").

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World's first survival return of all mice reared for a long time in ISS Kibo and the birth of next-generation mice

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.

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Protein crystals grown in Kibo are returned to the ground alongside Astronaut Takuya Onishi (completion of the shortest-term protein growth experiment ever conducted)

Samples of the protein crystals launched aboard the Soyuz spacecraft (48S) on October 21 for the JAXA PCG experiment have completed growth in space.

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Space experiment reveals the mechanisms of how PIN proteins direct one of the plant hormones

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.

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Transfer of the Exposed Pallet (EP) begins

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

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First announcement for the third

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.

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KOUNOTORI6 Hatch Opening and Crew Ingress

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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ISS/Kibo Monthly News: October - November, 2016

  • Astronaut Takuya Onishi undergoing rehabilitation after returning to Earth
  • KOUNOTORI6 and CubeSats unveiled to the media
  • Results of Onishi's mission
  • CALET data supports the finding of LIGO
  • Receipt of samples from Turkey for the exposed experiment

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