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The ISS/Kibo Times - Spring issue 2020 -

Last Updated: June 30, 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 Photos

1. ISS/Kibo Topics

Website for Protein Crystal Growth was renewed (March 25, 2020)

[Press Release] Announcement of the Space Vehicle for JAXA Astronaut Soichi Noguchi's International Space Station (ISS) Expedition (March 31, 2020)

JAXA astronaut, Noguchi Soichi, currently preparing and training for the ISS Expedition, will start training to board the first operational Crew Dragon under development by Space-X. The flight schedule will be announced when it is determined.


MAXI/SSC all-sky maps from 0.7‚ÄČkeV to 4‚ÄČkeV (April 30, 2020)

Published in Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan, April 2020.


HTV9 Mission Timeline (May 1, 2020)
The UAE Space Agency joined Kibo-ABC initiative! (May 8, 2020)

The UAE Space Agency has become an official member of the Kibo-ABC initiative on Wednesday, 8 January, after gaining full support of all Kibo-ABC members. Being part of Kibo-ABC initiative consolidates the Agency's role in building Emirati human capabilities in the space sector, and developing the skills of the youth in science and technology.


"Space Seeds for Asian Future" was Awarded (May 15, 2020)

On September 22, 2019 the Japanese Society for Biological Sciences in Space (JSBSS) awarded a special prize to the Space Seeds for Asian Future program (SSAF 2010-2011, SSAF 2013) for its contribution toward promotion of understanding of space biology, and for wide-ranging capacity-building to researchers, engineers, teachers and elementary school students in the Asia Pacific region.


[Press Release] World's first publically accessible "space avatar" set to launch for the International Space Station (May 20, 2020)

Tokyo, Japan - ANA HOLDINGS INC. (hereafter "ANAHD"), avatarin Inc. of the ANA Group (hereafter "avatarin"), and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (hereafter "JAXA") have announced a new project on the International Space Station(ISS) to release the world's first space avatar experience. This project is a direct output of the "AVATAR X" program which was launched by ANAHD and JAXA in September of 2018 under the JAXA Space Innovation through Partnership and Co-creation initiative ("J-SPARC").


[Press Release] Launch Results of the H-II Transfer Vehicle KOUNOTORI9 aboard H-IIB Vehicle No. 9 (May 21, 2020)

At exactly 31 minutes and 00 seconds past 2 o'clock on the morning of May 21, 2020, the H-II Transfer Vehicle known as "KOUNOTORI9" (HTV9), the cargo transporter to the International Space Station (ISS), was launched aboard H-IIB Launch Vehicle No. 9 (H-IIB F9) from the JAXA Tanegashima Space Center.


[Press Release] Launch Results of the H-II Transfer Vehicle KOUNOTORI9 aboard H-IIB Vehicle No. 9 (May 21, 2020)

At exactly 31 minutes and 00 seconds past 2 o'clock on the morning of May 21, 2020, the H-II Transfer Vehicle known as "KOUNOTORI9" (HTV9), the cargo transporter to the International Space Station (ISS), was launched aboard H-IIB Launch Vehicle No. 9 (H-IIB F9) from the JAXA Tanegashima Space Center.


SSRMS captures KOUNOTORI9(May 25, 2020)

Onboard astronaut Christopher J. Cassidy captured KOUNOTORI9 with the station's robotic arm (Space Station Remote Manipulator System: SSRMS) at 9:13 p.m., May 25. KOUNOTORI9 will be transferred and berthed to Harmony (Node 2).


KOUNOTORI9 being captured by the SSRMS (Credit: JAXA/NASA)


Congratulatory message after HTV9 capture (May 29, 2020)

Onboard astronaut Christopher J. Cassidy captured KOUNOTORI9 with the station's robotic arm (Space Station Remote Manipulator System: SSRMS) at 9:13 p.m., May 25. After capture the HTV9, we have got the messages from NASA astronaut Christopher J. Cassidy, Leslie Ringo, NASA MCC-H CAPCOM and JAXA astronaut Dr. Kanai


HTV9 Payload (June 2, 2020)

Messages from Kibo-ABC member (June 3, 2020)

- Message from Indonesia
- Message from Malaysia
- Message from Philippines
- Message from Singapore
- Message from Thailand


2. JAXA Astronauts Activities

JAXA Astronaut Soichi Noguchi
JAXA astronaut, Noguchi Soichi, currently preparing and training for the ISS Expedition, starts training to board the first operational Crew Dragon under development by Space-X. The flight schedule will be announced when it is determined.
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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 Digital Archives.


Next issue will be around the September, 2020.

Publisher: Human Spaceflight Technology Directorate, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

*All times are Japan Standard Time

 
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