Apr 24, 2015

Astronaut Yui to head for ISS on May 27

Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui will enter space for the first time on May 27 aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket, education minister Hakubun Shimomura said Friday. The rocket will lift off at 4:46 a.m. Japan time from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. “We want him to ...

Nation's first astronaut, Chiaki Mukai, honored by France

Feb 4, 2015

Nation's first astronaut, Chiaki Mukai, honored by France

Astronaut Chiaki Mukai was awarded France’s highest honor, the Legion of Honor, on Tuesday for her contributions to strengthening cooperation between France and Japan in the field of space exploration. Mukai, 62, became Japan’s first female astronaut when she boarded the space shuttle Columbia ...

Wakata hands over command of space station

May 13, 2014

Wakata hands over command of space station

Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata passed the title of commander of the International Space Station to U.S. astronaut Steven Swanson early Monday and prepared to return to Earth. He spent 66 days in the role, marking a first for any astronaut from Asia. “I had ...

| Oct 4, 2009

Mamoru Mohri: A spaceman speaks

by Edan Corkill

When future historians document the story of Japanese space exploration, 2009 will likely figure as the year when the nation put two high-profile rocket launch failures, in 1999 and 2003, firmly behind it and, quite literally, took off. In June, the nation’s first blueprint ...