February 9, 2012
ISS023-E-020524 (7 April 2010) --- Marking the first occasion of more than one astronaut representing the Japan Aerospace Space Agency onboard any space vehicle at any time in history, JAXA astronauts Soichi Noguchi and Naoko Yamazaki reunite in the Japanese Kibo laboratory aboard the International Space Station shortly after it docked with the space shuttle Discovery on April 7. Noguchi, Expedition 22/23 flight engineer, is in the back end of a six month stay aboard the orbital complex. Yamazaki is a mission specialist with the STS-131 crew.
Topics: Disaster Accident, Scouting in Japan, Japanese space program, Manned spacecraft, Naoko Yamazaki, STS-131, Soichi Noguchi, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Japanese Experiment Module, Space Shuttle, International Space Station, Astronaut