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Soyuz takes JAXA rookie Norishige Kanai on first ISS mission

The Japan Times

BAIKONUR, KAZAKHSTAN – A three-man astronaut crew featuring American and Japanese rookies and an experienced Russian cosmonaut blasted off Sunday for a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station.


Astronaut apologizes for 'fake news' about his height increase

Engadget

On January 8th, Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai caused some concern when he tweeted that he'd grown about 9 cm (around 3 and a half inches) in his three weeks about the International Space Station. Well, it turns it that's not actually the case. Kanai, who is a tweeted an apology last night, saying that he re-measured himself after the media flurry surrounding his announcement, and he's only grown about 2 cm.


JAXA astronaut Norishige Kanai ponders life out there after six-month stay on ISS

The Japan Times

JAXA astronaut Norishige Kanai came back to earth last month but is still dreaming of space, especially after the discovery of an underground lake on Mars brought mankind one step closer to unraveling the mystery of whether life exists on the red planet. "I was so excited about the news," the 41-year-old doctor with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said in an interview Friday, calling it "a major discovery that inspires dreams." International astronomers on Wednesday announced they had detected the largest body of liquid water ever found on Mars, a breakthrough that may hold clues to whether life has ever formed on the planet or even exists today. Kanai, who spent 168 days on the International Space Station, is firmly convinced that we're not alone in the universe and there is life out there. "I believe there is," he said.


Soyuz space capsule brings ISS crew back after five month mission

BBC News

Three crew members from the International Space Station (ISS) have arrived safely back on Earth after a mission of more than five months. A Soyuz capsule carrying Russian Anton Shkaplerov, American Scott Tingle and Japan's Norishige Kanai floated down under a red-and-white parachute for a landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan. Footage from the Russian space agency Roscosmos showed recovery helicopters circling as the capsule touched down at 18:39 local time (12:39 GMT) on Sunday, sending up a cloud of dust. Anton Shkaplerov, who was the first to be lifted and carried from the capsule, told the camera crew: "We are a bit tired but happy with what we have accomplished and happy to be back on Earth. We are glad the weather is sunny."


ISS: Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai worried by growth spurt

BBC News

A Japanese astronaut who is living on the International Space Station says he has grown 9cm (3.5in) since arriving there just over three weeks ago.