U.S. private spacecraft boarded for the first time outside of americans Encouraged Mr. Noguchi, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

U.S. Private Spacecraft First Boarding Outside U.S. Encourages Mr. Noguchi, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, October 14, 12:25 p.m.

The Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Mr. Shibata met online with Japanese astronaut Keiichi Noguchi, who is scheduled to board a commercial spacecraft in the United States, and encouraged him to “challenge various missions and communicate the importance of space activities through international cooperation.”

Mr. Keiichi Noguchi, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, met online with Japanese astronaut Keiichi Noguchi, who is aboard an American civilian spacecraft and stays on the International Space Station, which will be launched next month or later.

Minister Ayuda said, “The first crew member on board a spacecraft outside of the United States has become a Japanese, a testament to the success of Japanese astronauts and the results of Japan’s space development.”

On top of that, he said, “The International Space Station expects that many results will be produced from further demonstrations of technology for international space exploration, scientific experiments using the Japanese Experiment Building Kibo, and the release of ultra-small satellites. I want them to take on a variety of missions and communicate the importance of space activities through international cooperation.”

In response, Mr. Noguchi said, “As for the mission, Japan is supported by the people of the world. I would like to disseminate various activities from space.”