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Sep. 12, 2017 Updated
T-8 weeks+, ASNARO-2/Epsilon 3 Launch on November 12

JAXA announces that the Epsilon 3 launch encapsulating the second Advance Satellite with New System Architecture for Observation (ASNARO-2) is scheduled on November 12, 2017. The launch window is 6 a.m. through 6:35 a.m., in Japan Standard time.
Epsilon launch is not new - the proceeding two were sent up to space. Epsilon 3 has had improved its mechanism for satellite separation. Preparation for the launch is underway.
On the day of the launch, there will be live feed from the JAXA Uchinoura Space Center. The details soon will begin to come out.

T-8 weeks+, ASNARO-2/Epsilon 3 Launch on November 12

Sep. 8, 2017 Updated
KIBO Space Mouse Experiment Published on Scientific Reports

JAXA conducted a long-term experiment on mice under two different gravitational conditions – microgravity (μg) and artificial earth-gravity (1 g). This was JAXA’s first attempt using the newly developed mouse habitat cage units installed in the Centrifuge-equipped Biological Experiment Facility (Images) in the KIBO Experiment Module aboard the International Space Station. Following their 35-day habitation in space, JAXA, in collaboration with Tsukuba University and other academic institutions went through the analysis of the bone density and muscle mass of the space mice brought back to the Earth. μg mice experienced significant decreases in their bone density and muscle weights, which were not present in artificial 1 g mice. These data indicate that gravity determines the general body structure of animals. This result was derived through the comparison of the effects of altered gravitational conditions alone, eliminating other variations. At 10 a.m. (U.K. time), September 7, “Scientific Reports”, an online journal from the publishers of “Nature” published this research. The findings will advance space exploration and elucidate the evolutional process of animals on Earth, where the gravity is a principle force.

KIBO Space Mouse Experiment Published on Scientific Reports

Aug. 19, 2017 Updated
Success of H-IIA F35 Launch with MICHIBIKI-3 Aboard

The H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 35 with the MICHIBIKI No. 3 onboard lifted off at 2:29 p.m. on August 19, 2017 (Japan Standard Time) from the Tanegashima Space Center.
The launch vehicle flew as planned, and at about 28 minutes and 37 seconds after liftoff, the separation of the "MICHIBIKI No. 3" was confirmed.

Success of H-IIA F35 Launch with MICHIBIKI-3 Aboard

Jul. 25, 2017 Updated
ALOS-2 Captures Massive Iceberg's Breakoff from Antarctica

On July 12, 2017, an iceberg split off from Antarctica’s Larsen C iceberg. With use of ALOS-2’s wide-area observatory mode, JAXA was able to capture the entire calving image.
Larsen C, a floating platform of glacial ice on the east side of the Antarctic Peninsula, is among the largest ice shelves ringing Earth’s southernmost continent. The breakage, taking a chunk of its mass away from the Larsen C area, is now a matter of particular interest to glaciologists around the world, as it could also contribute to sea level rise.
In the past, partial fractures occurred in the area. However, the last calving event is incomparably massive, possibly causing the glaciers to accelerate that flow into Larsen C and more rifts to grow.
JAXA will continue the ALOS-2 operations to monitor the area.

ALOS-2 Captures Massive Iceberg's Breakoff from Antarctica

Jul. 14, 2017 Updated
SHIKISAI & TSUBAME, New Names of GCOM-C & SLATS

JAXA announced the month-long project to invite the public to rename the Global Change Observation Mission – Climate (GCOM-C) and the Super Low Altitude Test Satellite (SLATS), both to launch together this fiscal year. After careful examination of the 12,895 applications, SHIKISAI, meaning colors in Japanese has been chosen as new name of GCOM-C, and likewise, TSUBAME, or swallow, of SLATS.
JAXA is sincerely grateful for the applications.
JAXA will update the SHIKISAI and TSUBAME missions. Continuous support by all is cordially appreciated.

SHIKISAI & TSUBAME, New Names of GCOM-C & SLATS

Jul. 12, 2017 Updated
Send EPSILON-3 up to Space with Cheer

JAXA is inviting all to write notes to cheer on the project members and the mission of Epsilon-3, to be launched this fiscal year.
The project members of the past series of Epsilon launches have drawn strength from the similar campaigns.
The notes sent to JAXA will be printed as part of the decal (sticker) attached to the body of the launch vehicle. JAXA appreciates the positive participation by many.

Application Deadline: 5 pm (JST), August 7, 2017
*The deadline has been changed.

Send EPSILON-3 up to Space with Cheer

Jun. 13, 2017 Updated
KIBO Experiment Video Is up on Government's Innovation Japan Website

The video of protein crystallization is up on Innovation Japan, Cabinet Secretariat's website - conducted by JAXA's astronaut Takuya Onishi in KIBO module on his last long term International Space Station expedition. JAXA's strategic partnership with Japanese biopharma, PeptiDream Inc. has been crystallized into this innovative experiment under near zero G.
It is part of JAXA's endeavor to help advance pharmaceutical research - our technology, business partnership and the hard-earned results are pushing back the frontiers in medicine.

KIBO Experiment Video Is up on Government's Innovation Japan Website

Jun. 1, 2017 Updated
Success of H-IIA F34 Launch with MICHIBIKI-2 Aboard

The H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 34 with the MICHIBIKI No. 2 onboard lifted off at 9:17 a.m. on June 1, 2017 (Japan Standard Time) from the Tanegashima Space Center.
The launch vehicle flew as planned, and at about 28 minutes and 21 seconds after liftoff, the separation of the "MICHIBIKI No. 2" was confirmed.

Success of H-IIA F34 Launch with MICHIBIKI-2 Aboard

May 25, 2017 Updated
Freeze-Dried Spermatozoa Preserved in KIBO Reproduces World’s First Space Mouse

Sayaka Wakayama (Advanced Biotechnology Center, University of Yamanashi), Teruhiko Wakayama (Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Yamanashi), Sachiko Yano (Space Environment Utilization Center, JAXA) and other researchers examined the damage that irradiation causes to mouse spermatozoa held in Japanese KIBO experiment module aboard the International Space Station. Using freeze-dried spermatozoa, the research team produced healthy offspring, and thus accomplished the unprecedented feat in biological sciences.
Their results were nominated in “In This Issue” of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, and were published on the website on May 22, USA time/ at 4 am, May 23, Japan time.

Freeze-Dried Spermatozoa Preserved in KIBO Reproduces World’s First Space Mouse

Mar. 31, 2017 Updated
LE-9 Engine Assembled, Shipped for Testing

On March 31, in Tanegashima Space Center, LE-9 engine for the new H3 type of launch vehicles was installed on the facility’s firing test stand used for liquid fuel boosters. The test schedule will be available on the website as soon as determined.

LE-9 Engine Assembled, Shipped for Testing

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