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Two astronauts on Tuesday practiced using Japan’s first manned space laboratory, Kibo, scheduled to become part of the International Space Station, at the Tsukuba Space Center in Ibaraki Prefecture.

Satoshi Furukawa, 41, and Akihiko Hoshide, 37, who were both recently certified as U.S. space shuttle mission specialists, had their practice at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency facility before the media.

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