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2009-03-25 20:52:58

Space, the final frontier, is where the Japanese have gone to try out their new odor-free underwear. Japanese astronaut Takao Doi is at the International Space Station testing underwear made of a special nanotech fabric that purportedly makes them stink-free even after several consecutive days of use without washing, LiveScience reports on its Web site. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency says the underwear -- along with shirts and pants -- are called J-Wear. The fabric reportedly repels...

2005-12-21 18:05:10

TOKYO -- Japan's space agency said Wednesday it is considering developing its own space suit that can be used in future manned space projects. The agency, JAXA, wants to develop space suits that are lighter than current models produced by the United States and Russia and with upgraded functions, agency spokesman Masayuki Kono said. JAXA will decide early next year whether to pursue the project, he said. Kono said the agency hopes to use a domestically made space suit as part of the...


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2012-01-16 20:12:26

Takao Doi is a Japanese astronaut who flew on two NASA space shuttle missions. He was born on September 18, 1954 in Minamitama, Tokyo, Japan. He earned a doctorate in aerospace engineering from the University of Tokyo, and he researched at the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science. In 1985, Doi was chosen to be an astronaut for the Japanese manned space program. He carried out more research in the United States at NASA's Lewis Research Center and the University of Colorado at Boulder....

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