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ISS/Kibo Times

The ISS/Kibo Times - Spring issue 2019 -

Last Updated: July 5, 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 Videos

1. ISS/Kibo Topics

MAXI Discovers Bright Black Hole X-ray Transient "MAXI J1820+070" (May 9, 2019)

The black hole X-ray transient MAXI J1820+070 (J1820 for short) was discovered with the Monitor of All-sky X-ray Image (MAXI).

Public Symposium Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of Kibo and KOUNOTORI (May 10, 2019)

We are honored to announce that this year marks the 10th anniversary of completion of the Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo" and the first launch of H-II Transfer Vehicle "KOUNOTORI". In commemoration of this, we decided to hold a public symposium in this summer! Towards this event, we will be providing various content on Kibo and KOUNOTORI.

[Press Release]KiboCUBE: Team from the Republic of Moldova Selected for Fourth Round (June 10, 2019)

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) have been cooperating under the KiboCUBE programme launched in 2015 to provide opportunities to deploy CubeSats from the Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo" of the International Space Station (ISS).

Conducted the world's first "Mission to elucidate a gateway where pathogens and immune cells are likely to enter the central nervous system using inflammatory disease model mice". Accomplished 4 consecutive missions with 100% successful live return. (June 11, 2019)

After completing long-term habitation of JAXA's 4th "Mouse habitat mission" (32 days from May 4 to June 4), which has been performed in the Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo", the mice were accommodated in return cages and returned to the west coast of the United States by the 17th operational vehicle of the Dragon spacecraft (SpX-17).

Successful Deployment of SpooQy-1 from Kibo! (June 18, 2019)

A CubeSat ('SpooQy-1') developed by students of the National University of Singapore (NUS) was launched to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard the Cygnus NG-11 cargo vehicle on April 17, 2019 from the Wallops Flight Facility.

Protein Crystal Growth Experiment of Thailand will start! - Aiming for the development of a new antimalarial medicine - (June 18, 2019)

GISTDA (Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency´╝ëand JAXA signed an agreement to conduct Thailand's first space experiment: The PROTEIN CRYSTAL GROWTH EXPERIMENT on the International Space Station.

Mr. Masanobu Tsuji, Director of JAXA Bangkok Office (left) and
Dr. Anond Snidvongs, Executive Director of GISTDA (right) (Credit: GISTDA/JAXA)

Four CubeSats successfully deployed from "Kibo"! (June 25, 2019)

On June 17, four CubeSats were deployed from the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) "Kibo": NepaliSat-1 co-developed by the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) and the Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech), Raavana-1 co-developed by the Arthur C Clarke Institute of Modern Technologies (ACCIMT), Sri Lanka, and Kyutech, Uguisu developed by Kyutech, and SpooQy-1 co-developed by the Singapore Space and Technology Association (SSTA) and the National University of Singapore.

World's first long-term habitation of mice on the International Space Station in a gravitational environment simulating the Moon! -- A first step toward expanding human activities into deep space. (July 1, 2019)

As a technical demonstration for international space exploration toward the Moon and the Mars, six wild-type mice were reared for 32 days from May 5 to June 5 of 2019 in a low-gravity environment simulating that on the Moon (about one sixth of the Earth's gravity) and were all returned alive to the Earth on the 17th operational vehicle of the Dragon spacecraft (SpX-17).

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 Videos

We introduce hot videos from the JAXA YouTube channel.

Next issue will be around the October, 2019.

Publisher: Human Spaceflight Technology Directorate, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

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