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JAXA Astronauts

Last Updated: November 14, 2016
Takuya Onishi
photo: Takuya Onishi

Takuya Onishi was born in 1975 in Tokyo. He received a Bachelor's degree in March 1998 from the department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Faculty of Engineering, the University of Tokyo.
He joined All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. (ANA) in April 1998. From June 2003 until his retirement in March 2009, he worked as a co-pilot of Boeing 767 in ANA's Flight Crew Center.

He was selected as an astronaut candidate by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in February 2009, and joined JAXA in April 2009. From April through July 2009, he attended ISS Astronaut Basic Training held at JAXA.

Since April 2009, he has participated in about two years of Astronaut Candidate (ASCAN) Training at NASA, which includes scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction on the ISS systems, Extravehicular Activity (EVA), Robotics, physiological training, flight training using the T-38 jet trainer, and water and wilderness survival training.

He has completed all basic training requirements, thus he was certified as an ISS astronaut in July, 2011.

He participated in the 15th NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO 15) in October, 2011.

In November 2013, he was assigned as a crewmember for the ISS Expedition 48/49 mission. From July to October 2016, Onishi stayed on the ISS for 113 days as a flight engineer for the Expedition 48/49 mission. Onishi maneuvered the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) and became the first Japanese astronaut to capture the Cygnus spacecraft in space. He built a new experimental environment in Kibo and conducted many experiments for both JAXA and International Partners.

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