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The New Zealand Space Agency has joined Kibo-ABC initiative!

Last Updated: 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. On September 4, 2019, their application was officially confirmed with all Kibo-ABC members supporting their participation.

The NZSA is now the primary point of contact (POC) for New Zealand and the Kiwi Space Foundation together with the New Zealand Astrobiology Network will remain as the secondary POC.


The NZSA was established in 2016 and is part of the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment. The Kibo-ABC member countries look forward to scientific, technological and educational cooperation with both the NZSA and Kiwi Space Foundation through the utilization of Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo" on the International Space Station.

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

Dr Peter Crabtree, Head of the New Zealand Space Agency says:

We are pleased that our application to join the Kibo-ABC programme was approved. We look forward to expanding our space cooperation with Japan and our Asia-Pacific neighbours. New Zealand students will benefit greatly from the opportunities that Kibo-ABC provides to stimulate their learning and build their excitement for the future of space. New Zealand researchers welcome the opportunity to utilize the Kibo module for cutting edge space research.


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