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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).

Successful deployment of a CubeSat delivered by KOUNOTORI6 (January 13, 2017)

On December 19, 2016, at 5:50 p.m., a microsatellite named "STARS-C" was successfully deployed into orbit after being removed from the Japanese Experiment Module ("Kibo").

World's first survival return of all mice reared for a long time in ISS Kibo and the birth of next-generation mice (January 13, 2017)

A small animal rearing mission conducted in the Kibo module successfully completed the simultaneous rearing of mice under artificial (1G) and microgravity (0G) environments, and the return of all mice to Earth in a live condition.

Protein crystals grown in Kibo are returned to the ground alongside Astronaut Takuya Onishi (completion of the shortest-term protein growth experiment ever conducted) (December 28, 2016)

Samples of the protein crystals launched aboard the Soyuz spacecraft (48S) on October 21 for the JAXA PCG experiment have completed growth in space.

Space experiment reveals the mechanisms of how PIN proteins direct one of the plant hormones "auxin" to form a seedling of a cucumber (December 28, 2016)

Professor Hideyuki Takahashi's group at Tohoku University Graduate School of Life Sciences elucidated that the transfer of auxin, one of the plant hormones, in plants is seen differently between under the gravity environment on the ground and under the microgravity environment in space.

Success of Synthesis and Structural Analysis of Artificial Blood for Dogs -- Encouraging solution for deficiency in transfusion blood and global demand -- (November 11, 2016)

A research group of Prof. Teruyuki Komatsu of Chuo University and Dr. Kiyohito Kihira, a research and development staff of JAXA, succeeded at synthesis and structural analysis of artificial blood for dogs.

Turkey hands over samples to Japan for space environment long-term exposure experiment to be conducted under Turkey-Japan cooperation on Kibo utilization! (November 4, 2016)

In September, JAXA and the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications (MTMAC) of the Republic of Turkey signed a cooperation agreement on CubeSat deployment from the ISS/Kibo and exposure experiments using Experiment Handrail Attachment Mechanism (ExHAM).

Samples exposed to the space environment return to researchers (October 31, 2016)

The first samples that had been attached to the Exposed Experiment Handrail Attachment Mechanism (ExHAM) for exposure in the space environment were returned to Earth.

LIGO-detected gravitational-wave events derive from merger of black holes, according to CALET observations (October 10, 2016)

CALET'S observation results were published in the American Astronomical Society online journal THE ASTRONOMICAL JOURNAL LETTERS on September 20, 2016.

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