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Space Experiments Expand Possibilities for the Future - Results from the Japanese Experiment Module Kibo -

The Japanese Experiment Module Kibo has been in full-scale operation on the International Space Station since August 2008. That year saw the assembly of the module's Experiment Logistics Module-Pressurized Section and its Pressurized Module. The Exposed Facility, which allows us to perform experiments in the vacuum conditions of space, was completed in 2009. In addition, two Japanese astronauts have completed long-term stays on the space station: Koichi Wakata from March to July 2009, and Soichi Noguchi from December 2009 to June 2010. Space has a different environment from Earth: microgravity, a high vacuum, a broad visual field, space radiation, etc. Here we are going to introduce some of the experiments performed in Kibo, which could lead to improvements in our life on Earth.Using Space Conditions to Unlock the Secrets of Materials Takehiko Ishikawa Researcher, ISAS Materials Science Experiments Professor, Department of Space Biology and Microgravity Sciences, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), JAXA FULL STORY″I think living creatures are works of art.″ Makoto Asashima Head Researcher, Dome Gene Life Science Experiment FULL Research professor at the University of Tokyo, Director of the Research Center for Stem Cell Engineering at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology STORYEnhancing Quality of Life through Deep Understanding of Protein Structure Masaru Sato Supervisor, High Quality Protein Crystal Growth Experiment Associate Senior Engineer, Space Environment Utilization Center, Human Space Systems and Utilization Mission Directorate, JAXA FULL STORYSpace Medicine: Ultimate Preventive Medicine for Human Space Flight Hiroshi Ohshima Senior Scientist and Manager of Space Biomedical Research Research area leader/Senior Scientist and Manager of the Space Biomedical Research Office, Human space technology and astronauts department, Human Space Systems and Utilization Mission Directorate, JAXA FULL STORYThe X-ray Observatory to Make the Violent Universe Visible Masaru Matsuoka Mission Leader, Monitoring of All-sky X-ray Image (MAXI) project Special Advisor to the Space Observation Experiment MAXI Group at RIKEN Advanced Science Institute FULL STORYRelated Link: Japanese Experiment Module ″Kibo″