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Astronaut Koichi Wakata Selected as Member of ISS Expedition Crew

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Feb 17, 2011 7:57 am via: JAXA
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The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) would like to announce that Astronaut Koichi Wakata has been selected as a crewmember for the 38th/39th Expedition Mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

Astronaut Wakata stayed at the ISS for about four months in 2009, and, after returning to Earth, he has been engaged in the ISS operations as the chief of ISS Operations Branch in NASA and also as the manager of the JAXA Astronaut Group, while he has been continuing his astronaut training.

Astronaut Wakata’s leadership has been highly appraised and recognized domestically and internationally, thus he will exercise his capability as the first Japanese commander for the 39th ISS Expedition Mission.

Period of stay at the ISS:
About 6 months from the end of 2013

Transportation means to the ISS:
Launch and return by Soyuz

Major tasks at the ISS:
During the first four months for the 38th Expedition Mission, he will be in charge of ISS operations as a flight engineer, science experiments using the space environment, and system operations for the ISS facilities including the Japanese Experiment Module “Kibo.” For the 39th Expedition Mission (about two months), he will be the ISS commander in addition to the above duties. The responsibilities of the ISS commander are to ensure the safety of all ISS expedition crewmembers and to succeed in all missions.

Astronaut Wakata’s schedule until his departure:
He will begin training necessary for the Soyuz trip and ISS expedition missions in March 2011.

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