Onishi holds first press conference from ISS, vows to work hard

Jul 20, 2016

Onishi holds first press conference from ISS, vows to work hard

Japanese astronaut Takuya Onishi expressed his eagerness to work hard at the International Space Station, at his first press conference from the ISS on Tuesday night. “The ISS is an interesting place full of many things that cannot be seen elsewhere,” said Onishi, 40, ...

ISS-bound Onishi unable to vote in Upper House poll

Jul 8, 2016

ISS-bound Onishi unable to vote in Upper House poll

He may be about to arrive at the International Space Station as only the 11th Japanese astronaut to enter space, but there is one feat Takuya Onishi cannot achieve: vote in this Sunday’s election. Onishi is unable to cast his ballot in the Upper ...

Japanese space agency to trial electric cable for space junk removal

Jun 30, 2016

Japanese space agency to trial electric cable for space junk removal

The space agency is planning an experiment to remove simulated space junk as part of efforts to develop a simple and inexpensive disposal system for objects that might puncture the International Space Station or destroy satellites. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said scientists will ...

May 8, 2016

Failure of the Hitomi satellite

The recent failure of the Hitomi satellite to find X-rays from black holes and galaxy clusters represents a devastating fiasco in the history of space science.

Japan abandons $250 million black hole satellite

Apr 28, 2016

Japan abandons $250 million black hole satellite

Japan is abandoning a quarter-of-a-billion-dollar satellite it sent to study black holes, disappointed space scientists said Thursday, after spending a month trying to save it. The ultra-high-tech Hitomi — or eye — was launched in February to find X-rays emanating from black holes and ...