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Last Updated:October 18, 2019

JAXA, Tohoku University and Hokkaido University on Comprehensive Cooperation Agreement on ISS/Kibo Microsatellite deployment Projects (July 14, 2017)

JAXA, Tohoku University and Hokkaido University made a comprehensive agreement on the promotion of microsatellites. Through the agreement the three entities will seek to facilitate the future use of microsatellites which will be deployed from the Kibo, Japanese Experiment Module onboard the International Space Station(ISS).

Successful deployment of five "BIRDS project" CubeSats from the "Kibo" (July 7, 2017)

On July 7, 2017, from 5:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. , a total of five "BIRDS project" CubeSats were successfully deployed from the Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo".

Space mice and normalcy of spermatozoa DNA preserved long-term onboard "Kibo" on the International Space Station - Demonstrating the potential of mankind's reproduction in space - (July 6, 2017)

The research group led by Sayaka Wakayama (specially appointed assistant professor), Teruhiko Wakayama (professor of advanced technology, department of interdisciplinary research, graduate school, the University of Yamanashi), and Yukiko Yano (chief research and development officer, JAXA) clarified the extent of DNA damage in mouse spermatozoa preserved for a long period onboard the Japanese Experiment Module ("Kibo") on the International Space Station (ISS), and successfully produced healthy offspring for the first time ever in space.

Observation results of the Protein Crystal Growth Experiment conducted onboard "Kibo" (Flash report) (July 6, 2017)

On June 2, the protein crystal samples acquired in JAXA PCG Experiment (the sixth session of the second series) conducted onboard "Kibo"from April 21 of this year returned to Earth. Part of the observation is introduced here as a flash report.

The JAXA Protein Crystal Growth experiment begins -sixth session of the second series- (July 6, 2017)

JAXA PCG has begun in "Kibo".It began on April 21 after all the samples were installed in the Protein Crystallization Research Facility (PCRF).

Press release announcing an experimental outcome of the CubeSat FREEDOM: (May 19, 2017)

Nakashimada Engineering Works, Ltd. and Tohoku University jointly issued a press release, announcing an experimental outcome of their 1U sized CubeSat called FREEDOM deployed from "Kibo".

Initiating the joint exposed experiment with the Republic of Turkey utilizing the Exposed Experiment Handrail Attachment Mechanism(ExHAM) (April 18, 2017)

In the evening of April 13, 2017(Japan time), the initial mission of the collaboration between Japan and Turkey - space experiments in an exposed environment using the Exposed Experiment Handrail Attachment Mechanism called ExHAM- has been initiated on board Kibo.

Rapid decrease in the amount of bones and muscles as a result of a long-term rearing for 35 days --A flash report of on-ground analysis of space mice (January 30, 2017)

A mission to rear small animals in the Kibo module successfully completed the simultaneous rearing of mice under artificial (1G) and microgravity (μG) environments.

Successful deployment of six CubeSats delivered by KOUNOTORI6 (January 16, 2017)

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").

Genes other than bone-related genes also show rapid enhancement of expression under microgravity --Results of eight consecutive days of live imaging Medaka fish in Kibo (January 13, 2017)

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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