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Utilization of Electrostatic Levitation Furnace (ELF) has been started to obtain thermophysical properties of high-temperature melts (October 23, 2018)

The checkout of the Electrostatic Levitation Furnace (ELF) installed in the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) "Kibo"/International Space Station (ISS) has been completed and the planned experiments have finally been started.

UNOOSA and JAXA open Fourth Round of KiboCUBE! (October 2, 2018)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is pleased to announce the opening of the fourth round of KiboCUBE.

Zeldovich Medal awarded to Japanese researcher for research results of fluid dynamics experiments on-board "Kibo" at COSPAR 2018 (September 13, 2018)

At COSPAR 2018, the scientific assembly of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) held on July 14 - 22 in the US, Mr. Taishi Yano, Assistant Professor of Faculty of Engineering at Yokohama National University, received the Zeldovich Medal.

Three CubeSats handed over to JAXA and shipped to Tanegashima for HTV7 launch! (August 30, 2018)

From August 6th to 9th, 2018, three CubeSats scheduled to fly on board the H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) 7 "KOUNOTORI7" were handed over to Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) from the satellite development teams at JAXA Tsukuba Space Center, where the loading preparations were performed for their on-orbit deployment around the upcoming autumn. After undergoing all preparations, the CubeSats were shipped to JAXA Tanegashima Space Center on August 21.

Three CubeSats successfully deployed from "Kibo" as part of BIRDS Project! (August 17, 2018)

At 18:45 of August 10, 2018, three CubeSats, designed by people from the Kingdom of Bhutan, the Philippines and Malaysia, were deployed from the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) "Kibo."

"2018 ISS Award for Compelling Results" granted for experiments in JEM "Kibo" at ISS R&D Conference (August 7, 2018)

ISS Research Awards are granted for creative innovations and remarkable research results achieved on the International Space Station (ISS).

CALET succeeds in direct measurements of cosmic-ray electron spectrum up to 4.8 TeV (July 19, 2018)

An international team of researchers succeeded in extending their result from a previous study and directly measured the cosmic-ray all-electron (electron + positron) spectrum in an energy range from 11 GeV to 4.8 TeV with the Calorimetric Electron Telescope (CALET).(Link to WASEDA Univ. website)

Initiating the second joint exposed experiment on board "Kibo" with the Republic of Turkey (July 19, 2018)

In the evening of May 23, 2018, the second experiment of the collaboration mission between Japan and Turkey (*1) has been initiated using the Experiment Handrail Attachment Mechanism (ExHAM) of the Exposed Facility, an external platform outside the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) "Kibo" of the International Space Station (ISS).

JAXA's 3rd Mouse breeding mission finished (July 19, 2018)

The 3rd Mouse breeding mission (for 31 days from April 4 to May 5), which had been conducted on board the Pressurized Module of Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) "Kibo" , completed and the space-bred mice returned to Earth aboard the Dragon spacecraft (SpX-14) on May 6 (Japan Standard Time, JST).

Amyloid β-protein "Amyloid fibril" extends under the microgravity environment - Flash analysis report of the first "Amyloid" space experiment handled by Astronaut Kanai - (July 19, 2018)

In January 2018, the first Amyloid Experiment to examine the formation mechanism of amyloid fibril (amyloid β: Aβ), considered as a factor of the onset of Alzheimer's disease, by using the microgravity environment of Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo" of the International Space Station (ISS). Astronaut Kanai was in charge of the experiment operation.

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