New ISS member Norishige Kanai eager to explain mission experiments to followers on Earth


Astronaut Norishige Kanai told reporters from the International Space Station late Friday that he is eager to work harder on his experiments and explain them over the internet.

Kanai, 41, speaking to reporters in Tokyo for the first time since he began his 5½-month stint at the space station on Dec. 19, said he hasn’t experienced much space sickness and has completed his adjustment to zero gravity.

“I feel the greatness of the human ability to adapt,” he said.

Over the past two weeks, Kanai has been conducting medical and other experiments commissioned by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), NASA and the European Space Agency.

“I hope to be remembered as an astronaut by working hard in the International Space Station and achieving results,” he said.

Yui Kimiya, 47, who was selected to be an astronaut at the same time Kanai was, joined the teleconference at JAXA’s Tokyo office and asked Kanai about his Twitter posts from the space station.

“Everything about the stay is new to me, and there are many stories here to introduce (on Twitter),” Kanai said.