Full Colour 8"x10" Glossy Photo of Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
NASA EXPERIENCE: Hoshide arrived at the Johnson Space Center in May 2004. In February 2006 he completed Astronaut Candidate Training that included scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in Shuttle and International Space Station systems, physiological training, T-38 flight training, and water and wilderness survival training. Completion of this initial training qualified him for various technical assignments within the Astronaut Office , and he has worked as a capsule communicator (CAPCOM) for the ISS in Mission Control Center, as well as supported technical coordination for Kibo and HTV . He completed his first space flight on STS-124 in 2008 and has logged over 13 days in space.
SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: STS-124 Discovery (May 31 to June 14, 2008) was the 123rd Space Shuttle flight, and the 26 th Shuttle flight to the International Space Station. STS-124 was launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, and docked with the International Space Station on June 2 to deliver the Japanese Experiment Module-Pressurized Module (JEM-PM) and the Japanese Remote Manipulator System. STS-124 Shuttle astronauts delivered the 37-foot (11-meter) Kibo lab, relocated its rooftop storage room , conducted 3 spacewalks required to maintain the station and to prime the new Japanese module and it s robotic arm for work during nine docked days at the orbiting laboratory. STS-124 also delivered a new station crew member, Expedition 17 Flight Engineer Greg Chamitoff. He replaced Expeditio n 16 Flight Engineer Garrett Reisman, who returned to Earth with the STS-124 crew. Hoshide worked primarily on the outfitting, activation, and reconfiguration of the Kibo module, as well as deploying the Kibo robotic arm from its launch configuration and conducting initial checkout. He also operated the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) to install the Kibo Module to the ISS. The STS-124 mission was completed in 218 orbits, traveling 5,735.643 miles in 13 days, 18 hours, 13 minutes and 7 seconds.