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Japanese Missions to the International Space Station

Hope from the East


Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Space Exploration book sub series (SPACEE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. John O’Sullivan
      Pages 2-9
    3. John O’Sullivan
      Pages 10-18
  3. Missions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. John O’Sullivan
      Pages 20-36
    3. John O’Sullivan
      Pages 37-59
    4. John O’Sullivan
      Pages 60-76
    5. John O’Sullivan
      Pages 77-90
    6. John O’Sullivan
      Pages 91-130
    7. John O’Sullivan
      Pages 131-158
    8. John O’Sullivan
      Pages 159-172
    9. John O’Sullivan
      Pages 173-196
    10. John O’Sullivan
      Pages 197-211
    11. John O’Sullivan
      Pages 212-228
    12. John O’Sullivan
      Pages 229-246
    13. John O’Sullivan
      Pages 247-263
    14. John O’Sullivan
      Pages 264-281
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 282-311

About this book


Japan has a rich history of human spaceflight, flying in space with both NASA and the Soviet/Russian space agencies over the years. This book tells the story of the JAXA astronauts who have visited the International Space Station and how they have lived on board, helped construct the space laboratory and performed valuable scientific experiments.

JAXA has contributed the largest single module to the ISS: the Kibō (Hope) science laboratory with its Logistics Module, Exposed Facility and robot arm. JAXA supplies the station with cargo and supplies on its automated cargo spacecraft, the H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV), but it is the human endeavour that captures the imagination. From brief visits to six-month expeditions, from spacewalking to commanding the Earth’s only outpost in space, JAXA astronauts have played a vital role in the international project.

Extensive use of colour photographs from NASA and JAXA depicting the experiments carried out and the phases of the ISS construction, together with the personal stories of the astronauts’ experiences in space, highlight the crucial part the Japanese have played in human spaceflight.


Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency Japanese Spaceflight JAXA Astronauts Japanese ISS Contribution History of ISS ISS Missions Soyuz missions NASA and JAXA interactions Japanese work on spaceflight non-USA commanders ISS founding members

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.County CorkIreland

About the authors

John O’Sullivan BE, Dip Phys Sci, Dip PM, CEng MIEI, PMP, FSP,CMSE® studied Electrical Engineering at University College Cork. He has over 20 years’ experience in the automation and control sector delivering solutions to the life-science industry in Ireland. He is a Chartered Engineer with Engineers Ireland, a Project Management Professional with the Project Management Institute and a certified Functional Safety Professional. He has always had a fascination with aviation and space, leading him to gain his PPL in 2003 and to study Astronomy and Planetary Science with the Open University. Since 2010 he has been awarded a Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science and a Diploma in Physical Science by the OU, as well as a Diploma in Project Management from the Cork Institute of Technology. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the ESA Astronaut Corps in 2008.

He wrote his first book, In the Footsteps of Columbus, European Missions to the International Space Station, published in 2016. He has also had articles published in BIS Spaceflight magazine and in Engineers Ireland’s Engineers Journal.

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