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ISS/Kibo Times

The ISS/KiboTimes -Spring issue 2017-

Last Updated: July 10, 2017

The ISS / Kibo Times will be issued quarterly to introduce Japan's activities on the Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo", the International Space Station (ISS), and the activities of JAXA Astronauts succeeding the former ISS/Kibo Monthly News.

    - CONTENTS -
  1. ISS/Kibo Topics
  2. JAXA Astronauts Activities
  3. Recommended Videos>

【1. ISS/Kibo Topics】

Initiating the joint exposed experiment with the Republic of Turkey. (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.

Press release announcement of the CubeSat FREEDOM experimental outcome (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" on January, 2017.

Space mice and normalcy of spermatozoa DNA long-term preserved on board the "Kibo" on the ISS -Demonstrating the potential of mankind's reproduction in space- (May 26, 2017)

Japanese researchers clarified the extent of DNA damage in mouse spermatozoa preserved for a long period onboard the "Kibo", and successfully produced healthy offspring for the first time ever in space.

Observation results of the Protein Crystal Growth Experiment conducted onboard "Kibo" (Jun 7, 2017)

On June 2, the protein crystal samples acquired in the High-Quality Protein Crystal Growth Experiment (the sixth session of the second series) conducted onboard the "Kibo" from April 21, 2017 returned to Earth. Microscopic observation was conducted on June 6, immediately after the samples were returned to Japan from Russia.

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

On July 7, 2017, the five CubeSats created in the BIRDS project was successfully deployed from "Kibo". Designed and developed by international students (in Mongolia, Ghana, Bangladesh, Nigeria and Japan) at Kyushu Institute of Technology.

[Rec]CubeSats deployment from "Kibo" on the YouTube channel below.

For more information on BIRDS project, please visit the Kyushu Institute of Technology "BIRDS Project official website:

【2.JAXA Astronauts Activities】

JAXA Astronaut Norishige Kanai
From December 2017, he will stay on the ISS as a crewmember for the ISS Expedition 54/55 mission. Please visit and check out his Twitter!

Astronaut Kanai's Twitter:

Astronaut Kanai's Biographies:

【3.Recommended Videos】

We introduce hot videos from the JAXA YouTube channel.

  • Space Food and Japanese Space Food
    This is an introductory video about space food that astronauts eat while they are up in space. Also in the video, there is a brief presentation about the Japanese Space Food that the Japanese astronauts eat.
  • Japanese Space Food
    This is an introductory video about 'Japanese Space Food' that Japan produces for Japanese astronauts.
  • 2016-2017 Summary of Manned Space Activities of JAXA
    We summarized the Manned Space Activities of JAXA 2016-2017 including deployment of the first satellite of the Philippines "DIWATA-1", ISS long-duration stay of Astronaut Onishi, and the H-II Transfer Vehicle "KOUNOTORI6" (HTV6) mission.

Next issue will be around the end of September.

Publisher: Human Spaceflight Technology Directorate, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

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