We are pleased to announce that the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) agreed the Japanese astronaut to fly aboard the second Space Shuttle flight for the transportation and assembly of the Japanese Experiment Module Kibo of the International Space Station (ISS) (STS-124/1J).

Assigned Astronaut: Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide (Mission Specialist(MS))

Orbiter: Atlantis

Planned Flight Schedule: Early 2008

Mission Duration: About two weeks

Expected activities: Assemble the Pressurized Module (PM) to the ISS and activate it, and perform other activities. Specific tasks assigned to him are to be determined in the future.

Planned schedule of the Astronaut: General training for being aboard the Space Shuttle and the ISS and specific training for Kibo assembly will be provided.


Brief personal history of Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide

Onboard Schedule for the Japanese Astronauts

Comments from JAXA President

Reference Link: ISS Kibo Information Center