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ISS/Kibo Times

The ISS/Kibo Times - Autumn issue 2020 -

Last Updated: December 28, 2020

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

Kibo-RPC News: Announce the results of the 1st Kibo Robot Programming Challenge! (October 30, 2020)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), in collaboration with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) under Japan - U.S. Open Platform Partnership Program (JP-US OP3) for maximizing ISS utilization outcomes and increasing cooperation with countries in the Asia-Pacific region, held the 1st Kibo-Robot Programming Challenge (RPC) final round on October 8, 2020.

Kibo-ABC Workshop Online 2020 will be held on November 4, 2020. (October 30, 2020)

The Kibo-ABC staff is glad to hold an annual meeting of the Kibo-ABC Workshop online on November 4, 2020. Kibo-ABC is a collaborative program established by the Space Environment Utilization Working Group (SEUWG) of APRSAF. It aims to promote ISS/Kibo utilization in the Asia-Pacific region and share and build on the outcomes of "Kibo" utilization. We have had a face-to-face meeting of SEUWG and Kibo-ABC in APRSAF every year, but this year's meeting was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Kibo-ABC Workshop Online 2020 (November 4, 2020)

JAXA's No.81 Web Ver (November 2, 2020)


Astronaut NOGUCHI Soichi will shortly head to the International Space Station (ISS) from NASA's Kennedy Space Center on the Crew Dragon, a new type of spacecraft developed by SpaceX, a US space firm. For humans to travel from Earth into space, we essentially need to tap into science, which is knowledge shared by humankind. At the same time, it is the experience of each individual that sustains the knowledge. Human space flight is a visual embodiment of experience both as humankind and as individuals. ITOI Shigesato has observed the engagements of both individuals and humankind as a copywriter through his creative activities of producing words and contents. An online dialogue between Noguchi and Itoi explores the essence of human flight to space.

Asian Herb in Space (The third project of the Space Seeds for Asian Future) (November 5, 2020)

Asian Herb in Space (AHiS) is an activity of the Asian Beneficial Collaboration through Kibo Utilization initiative (Kibo-ABC) under the Space Environment Utilization Working Group (SEUWG) of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF). AHiS is the third project of the Space Seeds for Asian Future program (SSAF).

New Launch Date and Time of Crew Dragon Spacecraft (Crew-1) with JAXA Astronaut NOGUCHI Soichi (November 11, 2020)

As a result of the Flight Readiness Review (FRR) on November 10 (ET), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and partner agencies of the International Space Station (ISS) project officially decided the launch date and time for the Crew Dragon spacecraft (Crew-1), which JAXA Astronaut NOGUCHI Soichi will be onboard. JAXA Astronaut NOGUCHI will stay at the ISS for about six months and will return to the Earth on the Crew Dragon spacecraft (Crew-1).

  • Launch Date/Time:
    November 15, 2020 / 9:49 a.m. (Japanese Standard Time, JST)
    November 14, 2020 / 7:49 p.m. (ET)

Launch of the Crew Dragon Spacecraft (Crew-1) with JAXA Astronaut NOGUCHI Soichi aboard (November 16, 2020)

The Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (Space X) has launched the Crew Dragon spacecraft (Crew-1), which JAXA astronaut NOGUCHI Soichi is aboard.

  • Launch Date/Time:
    November 16, 2020 / 9:27 a.m. (Japanese Standard Time, JST)
    November 15, 2020 / 7:27 p.m. (ET)
  • Launch Location:
    Kennedy Space Center (Florida, U.S.A), Launchpad 39A
  • Docking Schedule with the International Space Station (ISS):
    November 17, 2020 / 1:00 p.m. (Japanese Standard Time, JST)
    November 17, 2020 / 4:00 a.m. (GMT)
  • Crewmembers:
    Crew-1 Commander  Michael Hopkins (NASA)
    Crew-1 Pilot  Victor Glover (NASA)
    Mission Specialist  NOGUCHI Soichi (JAXA)
    Mission Specialist  Shannon Walker (NASA)

2. JAXA Astronauts Activities

JAXA Astronaut Soichi Noguchi
JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon have arrived at the International Space Station. Crew-1 joins Expedition 64 crew on November 17th.

Noguchi Soichi is working at JEM(Credit: JAXA/NASA)

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Astronaut Noguchi's Twitter:

JAXA Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide
JAXA astronaut, HOSHIDE Akihiko, currently preparing and training for the ISS Expedition, has been decided to board the second operational Crew Dragon developed by Space-X. The launch is scheduled for spring 2021.
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Astronaut Hoshide's Twitter:

JAXA Astronaut Koichi Wakata
JAXA astronaut, Koichi Wakata, currently preparing and training for the ISS Expedition. The launch is scheduled around 2022.
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Astronaut Wakata's Twitter:

JAXA Astronaut Satoshi Furukawa
JAXA astronaut, Satoshi Furukawa, currently preparing and training for the ISS Expedition. The launch is scheduled around 2023.
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Astronaut Furukawa's Twitter:

3. Recommended Videos

We introduce hot Videos from the JAXA Digital Archives.

Next issue will be around the March, 2021.

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