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ISS/Kibo Times

The ISS/Kibo Times - Autumn issue 2019 -

Last Updated: December 27, 2019

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.

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

1. ISS/Kibo Topics

The New Zealand Space Agency has joined Kibo-ABC initiative! (October 10, 2019)

The Kibo-ABC secretariat recently received an application to join the Kibo-ABC initiative from the New Zealand Space Agency (NZSA), part of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Kibo-ABC secretariat visited the New Zealand Space Agency in March 2019
(Credit: JAXA)

[Press Release] Start of calling for participation in the Kibo Robot Programming Challenge (October 11, 2019)

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will host a programming competition involving free-flying robots※1 of JAXA and NASA in ISS/Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) known as "Kibo".
※1 An autonomous flying robot intended to support astronauts (by taking photos, etc.)

JAXA participates in "ISS R&D Conference 2019" (October 29, 2019)

The International Space Station (ISS) Research and Development Conference 2019 was held on July 29 to August 1, 2019 in the United States.

Joint JAXA-NASA Workshop was held during ISS R&D Conference 2019 (October 29, 2019)

JAXA and NASA have held this year's Joint JAXA-NASA workshop on utilization of the International Space Station (ISS) as their conference.

Reentry of KOUNOTORI8 was confirmed (November 3, 2019)

The reentry of the H-II Transfer Vehicle KOUNOTORI8 (HTV8) into Earth's atmosphere was confirmed.

[Press Release] The Universidad del Valle de Guatemala handed over Guatemala's first satellite to JAXA for deployment Under UNOOSA-JAXA KiboCUBE Programme (December 4, 2019)

On December 3, 2019, at the JAXA Tsukuba Space Center, the team from the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala handed over to JAXA their KiboCUBE CubeSat, Quetzal-1 developed by the team.

UAE/Japan camera robot educational project on Kibo (December 12, 2019)

Mr. Hazzaa Ali Almansoori, the first astronaut from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), gave an educational lecture on the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) "Kibo"/ISS on September 30, 2019, using the internal camera drone (Int-Ball). The lecture was on the attitude control for spacecraft. The astronaut gave some demonstrations on "Kibo."

Public viewing at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (Credit: JAXA)

2. JAXA Astronauts Activities

JAXA Astronaut Soichi Noguchi
In November 2017, he was assigned as the ISS Expedition crew. He is training now.

Astronaut Noguchi's Twitter:

JAXA Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide
In March 2018, he was assigned as the ISS Expedition crew. Please visit his Twitter:

Astronaut Hoshide's Twitter:

3. Recommended Photos

We introduce hot Photos from the JAXA Digital Archives.

Next issue will be around the March, 2020.

Publisher: Human Spaceflight Technology Directorate, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

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