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The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said Friday that astronaut Takuya Onishi will travel into space for the first time around July 2016 in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

Onishi, 37, who will stay at the International Space Station for about six months, issued a comment saying: “I’m glad from the bottom of my heart. I hope I can convey the various charms of space so children will feel it is familiar to them.”

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