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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 2, 2017

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

Mar. 29, 2017 Updated
Arase off to Science Operations Phase

JAXA confirmed completion of the commissioning phase of ARASE, formerly known as ERG, Exploration of energization and Radiation in Geospace. ARASE has entered its science operations phase. The call was made as the following procedure took place as scheduled and was confirmed; the satellite post launch orbital systems are in place, their functions are determined as fine, all monitoring instruments are installed, and the motions of the monitoring equipment are checked.
ARASE is in good condition, with all its onboard apparatus for science observations performing well since activated.

Arase off to Science Operations Phase

Mar. 24, 2017 Updated
Tanegashima Space Museum to Reopen

On March 26, Tanegashima space museum will reopen after its first renovation in 20 years. Among its new attractions are Liftoff Theater where visitors watch dynamic rocket launches, Kibo Photo Spot where photos can be taken that resemble zero gravity, and Rocket Garage where H-II Rocket No. 7 and other launch vehicles are on display.
The exhibition space of Masuda Tracking and Communication Station has also been updated.
JAXA cordially welcomes visitors.

Tanegashima Space Museum to Reopen

Mar. 23, 2017 Updated
Continued Record Low Antarctic Sea Ice Extent

Global sea ice extent hit record low, according to observations from Shizuku on Global Change Observation Mission on January 14, 2017. It is all time low in the history of GCOM-W operation that started in 1978, JAXA continues operation of Shizuku and GCOM-C and monitoring arctic sea ice extent, off the coast of Greenland Sea and the rest of the arctic circle.
Related information is also available at the following links:

Continued Record Low Antarctic Sea Ice Extent

Feb. 22, 2017 Updated
QZS-1 off to the Cabinet Office's Control

On February 28, 2017, JAXA discontinues the operation of QZS-1, the First Quasi-Zenith Satellite MICHIBIKI. Control will be transferred to the Cabinet Office. For details, please refer to:

QZS-1 off to the Cabinet Office's Control

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