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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.


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.


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.



JAXA Hiring Volunteers For Simulated Space Station Experiment

International Business Times

Have you ever wanted to contribute to space research but are held back by a lack of adequate scientific knowledge?