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Nov. 17, 2017 Updated
JAXA and VNSC sign a Cooperation Agreement in the field of Public Affairs

On November 17, Vietnam National Space Center (VNSC) and JAXA have agreed to cooperate in the field of Public Affairs.
JAXA will provide scale models to be exhibited at Vietnam Space Museum, which is under construction in Hao Lac Hi-tech Park in Hanoi. JAXA will also provide advice to VNSC on the museum exhibit and the operation of the museum.
Vietnam and Japan have close cooperative partnerships up to present in many fields, such as remote sensing satellites and applications, space experiments in "Kibo" and development and deployment of small satellites.
Today, new collaboration starts in the field of public affairs. JAXA would like to foster communication between VNSC and JAXA through this cooperation. We believe such efforts would further strengthen the collaboration with Vietnam, which shall lead to even closer and prospering Vietnam-Japan relationship.

JAXA and VNSC sign a Cooperation Agreement in the field of Public Affairs

Nov. 7, 2017 Updated
Astronaut Soichi Noguchi Selected as Member of ISS Expedition Crew!

Astronaut Soichi Noguchi was selected as a crew member of the International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 62/63. He will stay at the ISS for about six months from December 2019.
The ISS Expedition 62/63 will be the third spaceflight for Astronaut Noguchi. He was launched as a mission specialist (MS) aboard the Space Shuttle for its Return to Flight mission in July 2005 after selected as a JAXA astronaut in 1996, and also worked on board the ISS for 161 days as a flight engineer of the ISS Expedition 22/23 after launched as the first Japanese left-seater for the Soyuz spacecraft in December 2009.

Astronaut Soichi Noguchi Selected as Member of ISS Expedition Crew!

Oct. 27, 2017 Updated
H-IIA F37 with SHIKISAI/TSUBAME onboard to be launched on December 23

The launch schedule of the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 37 (H-IIA F37) has been decided to be between 10:26:22 thru 10:48:22 a.m. on December 23 (Sat), 2017 (Japan Standard time). The launch will be performed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and JAXA.
H-IIA Launch vehicle No. 37 incorporates JAXA's newly developed outcome to insert SHIKISAI and TSUBAME into different orbit altitude respectively. It will expand opportunities of multiple satellite launch and take full advantage of the capability of H-IIA.

H-IIA F37 with SHIKISAI/TSUBAME onboard to be launched on December 23

Oct. 19, 2017 Updated
The 30th Planetary Congress of the Association of Space Explorers

On October 16 through 20, 2017, the thirtieth Planetary Congress of the Association of Space Explorers will be held in Toulouse, France.
Astronaut Soichi Noguchi and Astronaut Takuya Ohnishi representing Japan, will be among approximately a hundred attending astronauts and members. The Planetary Congress, organized by the Association of Space Explorers (ASE), is annually convened to promote the exchange of space flight experiences in different cities of ASE host countries.

Image: The 30th Planetary Congress of the Association of Space Explorers, Toulouse, France

*Astronaut Noguchi, elected as ASE president in 2014, is in charge of organizing the thirtieth Planetary Congress.

The 30th Planetary Congress of the Association of Space Explorers

Oct. 10, 2017 Updated
Success of H-IIA F36 Launch with MICHIBIKI-4 Aboard

The H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 36 with the MICHIBIKI No. 4 onboard lifted off at 7:01:37 a.m. on October 10, 2017 (Japan Standard Time) from the Tanegashima Space Center.
The launch vehicle flew as planned, and at about 28 minutes and 20 seconds after liftoff, the separation of the "MICHIBIKI No. 4" was confirmed.

Success of H-IIA F36 Launch with MICHIBIKI-4 Aboard

Sep. 26, 2017 Updated
UNOOSA and JAXA open Third round of KiboCUBE

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, UNOOSA, launched a three year “KiboCUBE” programme in September 2015, which offered developing countries the opportunity to deploy small satellites from Japanese Experiment Module “Kibo” on the International Space Station (ISS). This initiative aims to contribute to the technological advancement of space activities in developing countries, and its first and second round of applications have been conducted until now.
In the “Four Actions of Science and Technology Diplomacy to Implement the SDGs” produced under the Advisory Board for Promotion of Science and Technology Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), it is noted that the deployment of small satellites from Kibo will support the space technological development for emerging and developing countries. KiboCUBE is expected to also contribute to the achievement of the SDGs.
On September 26, JAXA held a media briefing with UNOOSA in the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) at Adelaide, Australia. During the briefing, there was an announcement of the third round of KiboCUBE along with introduction of the programme.

Photo: Media Briefing at IAC 2017 in Adelaide September 26, 2017
Dr. Koichi Wakata, ISS Program Manager in JAXA (left), Mr. Luis Zea, Coordinators of the Project in Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (center), and Ms. Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of UNOOSA (right)

UNOOSA and JAXA open Third round of KiboCUBE

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

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