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List of JAXA's Utilization Themes

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Physical Science

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Life Science

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Applied Utilization

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Outboard Utilization

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Space Medicine and Development of Manned Space Technology

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Education Payload Observation

Science

JAXA's science experimental themes take advantage of the unique microgravity environment of the ISS and the Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo." Science experiments are divided into physical science that studies basic phenomena such as congealing process of a matter and fluid behavior and life science that studies how creatures adapt to the different environment and how they live making use of gravitational force.

Physical Science
Themes Principal Investigator (PI)
【Affiliated Institution】
Onboard Utilization Status
Group Combustion Elucidation of Flame Spread and Group Combustion Excitation Mechanism of Randomly-distributed Droplet Clouds (Group Combustion) [PDF: 425KB]  Masato Mikami
【Yamaguchi University】
in progress
Marangoni Exp Spatio-temporal Flow Structure in Marangoni Convection (Marangoni UVP/MaranGoniat) Shinichi Yoda
【JAXA】
in progress
Hicari Growth of Homogeneous SiGe Crystals in Microgravity by the TLZ method (Hicari) Kyoichi Kinoshita
【JAXA】
in progress
Alloy Semiconductor Crystal Growth of Alloy Semiconductor Under Microgravity (Alloy Semiconductor) [PDF:66kb] Yuko Inatomi
【JAXA】
in progress
Marangoni Exp Experimental Assessment of Dynamic Surface Deformation Effects in Transition to Oscillatory Thermo capillary Flow in Liquid Bridge of High Prandtl Number Fluid (Dynamic Surf)  Yasuhiro Kamotani
【Case Western Reserve University】
in progress
Soret-Facet Study on Soret effect (thermal diffusion process) for the mixed solution by the in-situ observation technique facilitated at SCOF (Soret-Facet) [PDF: 37KB] Shinsuke Suzuki
【Waseda University】
in progress
Marangoni Exp Chaos, Turbulence and its Transition Process in Marangoni Convection (Marangoni Exp/MEIS)  Koichi Nishino
【Yokohama National University】
completed
Ice Crystal Pattern Formation during Ice Crystal Growth (Ice Crystal)  Yoshinori Furukawa
【Institute of Low Temperature Science, Hokkaido University】
completed
Facet Investigation on Mechanism of Faceted Cellular Array Growth (Facet)  Yuko Inatomi
【JAXA】
completed
NanoStep In-situ observation of growth mechanisms of protein crystals and their perfection under microgravity (NanoStep) Katsuo Tsukamoto
【Tohoku University】
completed
Ice Crystal2 Crystal growth mechanisms associated with the macromolecules adsorbed at a growing interface: Microgravity effect for self-oscillatory growth (Ice Crystal2) [PDF: 44KB]   Yoshinori Furukawa
【Institute of Low Temperature Science, Hokkaido University】
completed

List of themes awaiting verification
Themes Principal Investigator (PI)
【Affiliated Institution】
Interface Susceptibility and Control of Instability in Thermocapillary Convection [PDF: 93KB]  Satoshi Matsumoto
【JAXA】
Interfacial Behaviors and Heat Transfer Characteristics in Boiling Two-Phase Flow (Two-Phase Flow) [PDF: 1.47MB]  Haruhiko Ohta
【Kyushu University】
Quantitative Description of Gravity Impact on Solid Material Flammability as a base of Fire Safety in Space [PDF: 149KB] Osamu Fujita
【Hokkaido University】
Structure Analysis of Colloidal Crystals under the Microgravity Environment by LASER Diffraction and Investigation of Colloidal Interaction [PDF: 152KB]  Ikuo Sogami
【Kyoto Sangyo University】
Detailed validation of the new atomization concept derived from drop tower experiments: Aimed at developing a turbulent atomization simulator [PDF: 259KB]  Akira Umemura
【Nagoya University】
Low-speed counterflow flame experiment in space for constructing unified flammability theory on oxy-fuel combustion limit [PDF: 118KB]  Kaoru Maruta
【Tohoku University】
Fundamental Research on International Standard of Fire Safety in Space: base for safety of future manned mission Osamu Fujita
【Hokkaido University】
Interfacial phenomena and thermophysical properties of high-temperature liquids: Fundamental research of steel processing using electrostatic levitation Masahito Watanabe
【Gakushuin University】


Life Science
Themes Principal Investigator (PI)
【Affiliated Institution】
Onboard Utilization Status
Auxin Transport Studies on gravity-controlled growth and development in higher plants using true microgravity conditions on the Japanese experiment module “Kibo” in the international space station (Auxin Transport) [PDF: 77KB]  Junichi Ueda
【Osaka Prefecture University】
in progress
Stem Cells Transcriptome analysis and germ cell development analysis of mice in the space (Mouse Epigenetics) Satoru Takahashi
【University of Tsukuba】
in progress
Stem Cells Study on the Effect of Space Environment to Embryonic Stem Cells to Their Development (Stem Cells)  Takashi Morita
【Osaka City University】
in progress
Space Pup Effect of space environment on mammalian reproduction (Space Pup) Teruhiko Wakayama
【University of Yamanashi】
in progress
image Roles of cortical microtubules and microtubule-associated proteins in gravity-induced growth modification of plant stems (Aniso Tubule) Kouichi Soga
【Osaka City University】
in progress
image Identification of gravity-transducers in skeletal muscle cells (Cell Mechanosensing)  Masahiro Sokabe
【Nagoya University】
in progress
image Molecular mechanisms of differentiation and formation of the gravity sensing system in plant cells (Plant Gravity Sensing) Hitoshi Tatsumi
【Nagoya University】
in progress
image Plant circumnutation and its dependence on the gravity response (Plant Rotation) [PDF: 8KB]  Hideyuki Takahashi
【Tohoku University】
in progress (4th run completed)
image "Microbe" : Microbiological monitoring in the International Space Station - KIBO (Microbe IV) Masao Nasu
【Osaka University Graduate School】
in progress
EmbryoRad Life time heritable effect of space radiation on mouse germ cells and embryos preserved for a long-term in ISS (Embryo Rad) [PDF: 37KB] Shizuko Kakinuma
【National Institute of Radiological Sciences】
in progress
CsPINs Studies on the role of auxin efflux facilitators in the gravity-influenced growth and development of plants (CsPINs)  Hideyuki Takahashi
【Tohoku University】
completed
Nematode Muscles Alterations of C. elegans muscle fibers by microgravity (Nematode Muscles) [PDF: 162KB] Atsushi Higashitani
【Tohoku University】
completed
Resist Tubule Mechanisms of Gravity Resistance in Plants: From Signal Transformation and Transduction to Response (Resist Tubule)  Takayuki Hoson
【Osaka City University】
completed
Space Aging Study of the effects of space flight on the aging of C. elegans (Space Aging) Yoko Honda
【Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology】
completed
Medaka Osteoclast Effect of microgravity on osteoclasts and the analysis of the gravity sensing system in medaka Akira Kudo
【Tokyo Institute of Technology】
completed
image Effects of the gravity on maintenance of muscle mass in zebrafish (Zebrafish Muscle) Atsuko Sehara-Fujisawa
【Kyoto University】
completed
image Epigenetics in spaceflown C. elegans Atsushi Higashitani
【Tohoku University】
completed
Resist Wall Role of Microtubule-Membrane-Cell Wall Continuum in Gravity Resistance in Plants (Resist-Wall) Takayuki Hoson
【Osaka City University】
completed
Cell Wall Reverse genetic approach to exploring genes responsible for cell-wall dynamics in supporting tissues of Arabidopsis under gravity conditions (Cell-Wall) Kazuhiko Nishitani
【Tohoku University】
completed
Rad Gene Gene expression of p53-regulated Genes in Mammalian Cultured Cells after Exposure to Space Environment (Rad Gene)  Takeo Ohnishi
【Nara Medical University】
completed
LOH Detection of Changes in LOH Profile of TK mutants of Human Cultured Cells (LOH)  Fumio Yatagai
【RIKEN】
completed
Dome Gene Control of cell differentiation and morphogenesis of amphibian culture cells (Dome Gene)  Makoto Asashima
【The University of Tokyo】
completed
Space Seed Life Cycle of Higher Plants under Microgravity Conditions (Space Seed)  Seiichiro Kamisaka
【University of Toyama 】
completed
Rad Silk Integrated Assessment of Long-term Cosmic Radiation Through Biological Responses of the Silkworm, Bombyx mori, in Space (Rad Silk)  Toshiharu Furusawa
【Kyoto Institute of Technology】
completed
CERISE RNA interference and protein phosphorylation in space environment using the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans (CERISE) Atsushi Higashitani
【Tohoku University】
completed
Neuro Rad Biological Effects of Space Radiation and Microgravity on Mammalian Cells (Neuro Rad)  Hideyuki Majima
【Kagoshima University】
completed
Myo Lab Cbl-Mediated Protein Ubiquitination Downregulates the Response of Skeletal Muscle Cells to Growth Factors in Space (Myo Lab) Takeshi Nikawa
【University of Tokushima】
completed
Ferulate Regulation by Gravity of Ferulate Formation in Cell Walls of Rice Seedlings (Ferulate)Kazuyuki Wakabayashi
【Osaka City University】
completed
Hydro Tropi Hydrotropism and Auxin-Inducible Gene Expression in Roots Grown under Microgravity Conditions (Hydro Tropi) Hideyuki Takahashi
【Tohoku University】
completed
Fish Scales Investigation of the Osteoclastic and Osteoblastic Responses to Microgravity Using Goldfish Scales (Fish Scales) Nobuo Suzuki
【Kanazawa University】
completed
Microbe Studies on microbiota on board international space station and their relationship to health problem (Microbe) Koichi Makimura
【Teikyo University】/
Masao Nasu
【Osaka University】
completed
Band3 Structure and Function Relationship of Erythrocyte Band 3 [PDF: 60KB] Naotaka Hamasaki
【Nagasaki International University】
completed

List of themes awaiting verification
Themes Principal Investigator (PI)
【Affiliated Institution】
Hypothesis testing of osteopontin function (OSTEOPONTIN) Masaki Noda
【Tokyo Medical and Dental University】
Detection of male germ cell mutagenesis in space environment using Medaka as vertebrate model [PDF: 100KB]   Hiroshi Mitani
【University of Tokyo】
The establishment of dosimetric system in the International Space Station (ISS) using Position Sensitive Tissue Equivalent Proportional Chamber (PS-TEPC) [PDF: 95KB]  Shinichi Sasaki
【High Energy Accelerator Research Organization】
Measurement of germline mutation induced in Medaka under space environment [PDF: 62KB] Hiroshi Mitani
【University of Tokyo】
Evaluations of physiological responses to space environmental stresses by using medaka live imaging [PDF: 37KB]  Chiaki Mukai
【JAXA】
On-board Microorganism Monitoring in Spacecrafts [PDF: 169KB] Takashi Yamazaki
【JAXA】
Enhanced effects of gravity by biological self-organizing processes  Yoshihiro Mogami
【Ochanomizu University】
Research on inhibitory effects of novel concept biomaterials, a HSP inducer and ubiquitin ligase inhibitor, on microgravity-induced muscle atrophy Ken Nikawa
【University of Tokushima】

Applied Utilization

Applied utilization aims to apply the results of space experiments to the development of new products on the ground which will turn into improvement of life on the Earth. In cooperation with industry and other research institutions, a lot of research and development including crystalization of high-quality protein and creation of nano materials, etc. are conducted.


List of themes
Themes Principal Investigator (PI)
【Affiliated Institution】
Onboard Utilization Status
JAXA PCG Protein Crystal Growth (JAXA PCG) University, corporate, and research institute researchers 5th session of the 2nd series completed
NANOSKELETON Nanomaterials in Microgravity (Nanoskeleton) JAXA/Toyko University of Science completed
2D-Nano Template Production of Two-Dimensional Nano Template in Microgravity (2D-Nano Template) JAXA/Nagoya Institute of Technology completed

Space Medicine and Development of Manned Space Technology

Space Medicine and Development of Manned Space Technology study clinical space medicine and perform space technology demonstration to contribute to become the basis of astronauts’ health management and future manned space activities.


List of themes
Themes Principal Investigator (PI)
【Affiliated Institution】
Onboard Utilization Status
ExHAM (1) Space Environment Exposure Tests of Functional Thin Film Devices for Future Solar Sail Mission & (2) Space Environmental Testing of Lightweight and High-Precision Carbon Composite Mirrors (1)Yoji Shirasawa, (2)Toshiyuki Nishibori in progress
Multi-omics analysis of human-microbial metabolic cross-talk in the space ecosystem (Multi Omics) Hiroshi Ohno
【RIKEN】
in progress
Area PADLES Area PADLES (Passive Dosimeter for Life Science Experiments in Space) JAXA in progress
Crew padles Crew PADLES (Passive Dosimeter for Life Science Experiments in Space) JAXA in progress
Bisphosphonates Bisphosphonates as a Countermeasure to Spaceflight-Induced Bone Loss (Bisphosphonates) Toshio Matsumoto
【University of Tokushima】
in progress
V-C Reflex Plastic alteration of vestibulo-cardiovascular reflex and its countermeasure (V-C Reflex) Hironobu Morita
【Gifu University】
in progress
Biological Rhythms 48 hrs The Effect of Long-term Microgravity Exposure on Cardiac Autonomic Function by Analyzing 48-hours Electrocardiogram (Biological Rhythms 48 hrs) JAXA in progress
Synergy The elucidation of the re-adaptation on the attitude control (Synergy) Masahiro Terada
【JAXA】
in progress
Non-invasive assessment of intracranial pressure for space flight and related visual impairment (IPVI) Kenichi Iwasaki
【Nihon University】
in progress
Matryoshka-R Matryoshka-R JAXA/Federal Space Agency(RSA)/Institute of Biomedical Problems (IBMP)/RSC Energia completed
Hybrid Training Effect of the Hybrid Training Method on the disuse atrophy of the musculoskeletal system of the astronauts staying in the International Space Station for a long term (Hybrid Training) Naoto Shiba
【Kurume University】
completed
Myco Body microorganism flora evaluation (Myco) JAXA/Teikyo University/Meiji Pharmaceutical University completed
Matryoshka Matryoshka German Aerospace Center (DLR) completed
Holter ECG Varidation of On-orbit Digital Holter ECG Monitering (Holter ECG) [PDF:152KB] JAXA completed
ODK Evaluation of Onboard Diagnostic Kit (ODK) JAXA completed
Biological Rhythms The effect of long-term microgravity exposure on cardiac autonomic function by analyzing electrocardiogram (Biological Rhythms) JAXA/Tokyo Women's Medical University completed
Biomedical Analyses of Human Hair Exposed to a Long-term Space Flight (Hair) JAXA completed
SS-HDTV Super Sensitive High-Definition Television (SS-HDTV) Japan Broadcasting Corporation completed
HDTV High Definition TeleVision transmitting system (HDTV) JAXA completed
Re-entry Data Recorder (i-Ball) Re-entry Data Recorder (i-Ball) JAXA completed

List of themes awaiting verification
Themes Principal Investigator (PI)
【Affiliated Institution】
Human cerebral autoregulation during long-duration spaceflight (Cerebral Autoregulation) Kenichi Iwasaki
【Nihon University】

Outboard Utilization

Outboard utilization includes scientific observation, Earth observation, communication, engineering experiments, and material experiments taking advantage of its unique exposed environment featuring microgravity, high vacuum, and wide field view.


List of themes
Themes Principal Investigator (PI)
【Affiliated Institution】
Onboard Operation Status
CALET CALorimetric Electron Telescope (CALET)  Shoji Torii
【Waseda University】
in progress
ExHAM Exposed experiments using the Exposed Experiment Handrail Attachment Mechanism (ExHAM) Yoji Shirasawa
【JAXA】
in progress
SEDA-AP Space Environment Data Acquisition equipment-Attached Payload (SEDA-AP) JAXA in progress
MAXI Monitor of All-sky X-ray Image (MAXI)  JAXA/RIKEN in progress
IMAP Ionosphere, Mesosphere, upper Atomosphere, and Plasmasphere mapping (IMAP)  Akinori Saito
【Kyoto University】
completed
GLIMS Global Lightning and Sprite Measurement Mission (GLIMS)   Tomoo Ushio
【Osaka University】
completed
SIMPLE Space Inflatable Membranes Pioneering Long-term Experiments (SIMPLE)  Takahira Aoki
【Tokyo University】
completed
REXJ Robot Experiment on JEM (REXJ)  Mitsushige Oda
【JAXA】
completed
COTS HDTV-EF Assessment of Commercial-off-the-shelf, high definition television camera under exposed environment (COTS HDTV-EF)  JAXA completed
SMILES Superconducting Submillimeter-Wave Limb-Emission Sounder (SMILES)  JAXA/National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) completed
CubeSat deployment mission Demonstration of CubeSat deployment JAXA completed

Education Payload Observation (EPO)

Education Payload Observation (EPO) aims to attract more people to science, technology, and space development and to allow more people to utilize Kibo. EPO offers simple experiment opportunities such as educational science and pilot missions of humanity and social science fields.

List of themes
Themes Principal Investigator (PI)
【Affiliated Institution】
Onboard Utilization Status
Try Zero-G Try Zero-G (Educational science experiments)

・Performed by Koichi Wakata
(Japanese audio with English subtitles)
・Performed by Astronaut Soichi Noguchi
(Japanese audio with English subtitles)
JAXA completed
Try Zero-G 2 Asia Asian Try Zero-G JAXA KUOA conducted 5 times
SSAF Space Seeds for Asian Future JAXA KUOA in progress
Space Poem Chain Space Poem Chain JAXA ending with Vol.4
EPO Education Payload Observation (EPO) Pilot Mission University Researchers, etc. completed
Educational sample return mission "Learning Space and Life" JAXA completed
 
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