Press Release

  This press release is issued by NASDA.


Overseas Cooperation by Astronaut Chiaki Mukai
--The lecture on space development in the Republic of Honduras--

June 2, 2003 (JST)

National Space Development Agency of Japan

A Planetarium will newly open at the San Pedro Sula Children's Museum in Honduras under the cooperation of Japan's Cultural Grant Aid on June 7, 2003. This is the first planetarium in Honduras, and certainly in the Central American areas.
The Children's Museum plans to promote science education including the planetarium study, for children and teachers by holding regularly astronomical seminars in cooperation with its nearby elementary and junior high schools.
In the hope of giving a first step for the Honduran children to have dreams for space, Astronaut Chiaki Mukai of the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) will participate in the lecture hosted by the Embassy of Japan in Honduras as follows::

June 6 Chiminike On-Site Training Center, Tegucigalpa
June 7 San Pedro Sula Children's Museum, San Pedro Sula
June 8 Copan Ruinas Municipal Office, Copan Ruinas

Astronaut Mukai will have talks about space development in Japan and the world, as well as her experiences in space as an astronaut using pictures and video films. Especially, she would like to share dreams to be realized for space with mainly the Honduran children.
This is the first lecture by an astronaut in Honduras, and the first one by the Japanese astronaut in the Central and South America.