Assembly of Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Kibo Fast Approaching
The International Space Station (ISS) project involves 15 countries, including the United Sates, Russia, Europe, and Canada. Japan is in charge of the development of the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM), also known as Kibo, which is Japan's first human space facility. The ISS is currently under construction 400 kilometers above the ground, and the assembly of Kibo is finally going to begin in 2008.

Kibo will be transported to the ISS on three separate Space Shuttle flights, with Astronaut Takao Doi on the first flight, Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide on the second, and Astronaut Koichi Wakata on the third. Astronaut Wakata is scheduled to stay on the ISS for about three months and conduct experiments and observations. The microgravity space environment will open the door to a variety of new opportunities for us, not only in the natural and life sciences, but also in education, art and commerce.


Kibo: Japan's First Human Space Facility Tetsuo Tanaka Director, Space Environment Utilization Center, Human Space Systems and Utilization Program Group, JAXA FULL STORY

Challenging New Frontiers Takao Doi JAXA Astronaut FULL STORY

Kibo Opens A New Frontier
The 28th Space Station Utilization Workshop was held on August 7, 2007. The following are lectures given by the speakers for the program "Research Spirits : Prosperous Future Brought by Microgravity Sciences".
How Do Plants Grow in Microgravity? Hideyuki Takahashi Professor, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University

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Skeletal Muscle Cells in Response to Unloading Stress Takeshi Nikawa Professor, Department of Nutritional Physiology, Institute of Health Biosciences, University of Tokushima Graduate School

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Ice Crystals in Space -Understanding the Formation of Ice Crystals- Yoshinori Furukawa Professor, Institute of Low Temperature Science, Hokkaido University

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Fluid Science Under Microgravity Hiroshi Kawamura Professor, Faculty of Science and Technology, Tokyo University of Science

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