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May 15, 2008
STS-123 Mission General Debriefing -JAXA Astronaut Takao Doi Homecoming Event-

Togasawa (left), Doi (middle) and Manabe (right)

JAXA held the STS-123 (1J/A) Mission General Debriefing at the Tosyo Hall (Tokyo) on May 10, 2008. This event was conducted in a talk-show style. Main speakers of the event were astronaut Takao Doi, Mr. Hidetoshi Togasawa (the Mainichi Newspapers) and Ms. Kaori Manabe (TV talent); Mr. Togasawa acted as the host of the event, and Ms. Manabe served as a good questioner. More than 500 people are in the audience to meet astronaut Doi and listen to his missions.

While astronaut Doi gave details on the STS-123 (1J/A) mission, video movies and photographs that were taken during the mission appeared on the big screen of the hall, and the audience enjoyed each scene along with his speech.

Astronaut Doi explaining about the shuttle's launch

Astronaut Doi also talked about space environment and life in space, which are different from the life on earth, to the people. During the question & answer session at the end of the event, astronaut Doi answered several questions from the audience.


March 27, 2008
Flight Day 17

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The space shuttle Endeavour landed on the runway of the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) at 9:39 a.m. today.

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March 26, 2008
Flight Day 16

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Today, seven astronauts aboard the space shuttle Endeavour concentrated on the preparations for a landing on March 27, 2008.

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March 25, 2008
Flight Day 15

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The Space Shuttle Endeavour’s crew left the International Space Station (ISS) at 9:25 a.m. today after completing a successful 12-day docked operation.

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March 24, 2008
Flight Day 14

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The ISS and STS-123 Mission crew participated in the joint crew news conference. In preparation for the undocking on FD15, the STS-123 Mission crewmembers checked out the rendezvous tools.

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March 23, 2008
Flight Day 13

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Today, a pair of spacewalkers completed the mission’s fifth extravehicular activity (EVA#5).

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March 23, 2008
Flight Day 12

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Aboard the International Space Station (ISS), the STS-123 Mission crew carried out the shuttle’s heat shield inspection known as “late inspection” using the shuttle’s robotic arm (SRMS) and the orbiter boom sensor system (OBSS).

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March 21, 2008
Flight Day 11

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The mission’s fourth extravehicular activity (EVA#4) was carried out today by STS-123 mission specialists Robert Behnken and Mike Foreman.

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March 20, 2008
Flight Day 10

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Astronaut Takao Doi, along with the ISS commander Peggy Whitson and the STS-123 Mission commander Dominic Gorie, participated in the JAXA PAO event which began at 8:10 a.m. and lasted 23 minutes.

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