Commemorative photo with students at the Regional Center in Nigeria. A JAXA Kibo panel was presented as a gift. (Photo by UN Outer Space Affairs)
Exhibition corner at the UN Outer Space Affairs Office. You can see an H-IIA Launch Vehicle mockup in the center. (Photo by UN Outer Space Affairs)
A big goal of my section, the Space Applications Section of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, is to improve people's living quality and to contribute to world peace by utilizing the space science and technology. We have three activities for these goals.
The first activity is an educational program. This is to provide opportunities for younger generations to learn about space science and technology. There are Regional Centres affiliated with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs located in India, Morocco, Nigeria, Mexico, and Brazil. They provide graduate level lectures on space science and technology for nine months. There are various curricula such as Space Science, Satellite Communications, Satellite Meteorology, and Remote Sensing. New curricula for GNSS and Space Law are to be developed. For the second activity, we organize workshops and seminars in the countries which want to know about space science and technology. Experts from a wide variety of fields from all over the world as well as various experts in each country where the workshop or seminar is held exchange views so that they can promote better understanding about space science and technology among the participants. The third activity is an initiative for in-depth activities. We believe that people in developing countries can contribute to world development of space science and technology through the initiatives. We have three initiatives: the Basic Space Science Initiative (BSSI), the Basic Space Technology Initiative (BSTI), and the Human Space Technology Initiative (HSTI).
My goal as an astronaut was to work on the front line of space development. I could go to space. I could go to an unknown world and know something new. I was so excited. I could feel that my life was worth living because of these accomplishments. Before I became a worker at the United Nations, my life's goal was just for myself. However, now my goal has changed to think about humanity as a whole. My purpose in life is to think about what I should do to help people all over the world go to space and to work hard to make such dreams come true.
Of course, the Earth is so wonderful, and we have to take good care of the Earth, but I believe that the future will come when humanity will leave the Earth and expand into space. So I think my job is preparation for this future.