All posts tagged: Somewhere Among

ISS International Space Station

image credit:  NASA   Facilities around the world support the operation and management of the International Space Station.    The United States., Russia, Canada, Japan, and the participating countries of the European Space Agency launched the International Space Station (ISS) in 1998. It is the largest space station ever constructed. Additions continue to be assembled in orbit. Astronauts from 15 countries have visited the ISS to date. It is a growing international collaboration. For more information about the International Space Station check here. Follow The International Space Station on Facebook. To view the ISS in the night sky check NASA Skywatch Sightings at Spot the Station videos from the ISS and a musical about the ISS can be found at the ISS Video Library Search for the video Story Time from Space Story Time From Space video can also be found on Youtube Story Time from Space a non-profit education foundation NASA Kids’ Club PBS list of Space Books  

Chiaki Mukai, Japan’s First Woman Astronaut

image credit :  NASA Chiaki Mukai was selected as a payload specialist for the International Microgravity Laboratory on board the space shuttle Columbia in July 1994. She became the first woman Japanese astronaut. During her second flight in 1998, she served on board the Discovery with John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth (1962). He said Mukai had “more energy than anyone I know of.” On the seventh day on Discovery, during a conversation with Japan’s Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi and Yutaka Takeyama, the head of the Science and Technology Agency by communication link, Chiaki Mukai read a poem that she had written about being in space: chuugaeri                                                                                                                                             nandomo dekiru                                                                                                                            mujuuryoku weightlessness                                                                                                                                 turn space somersaults                                                                                                                       as many times as I like (translation from JAXA site) The National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) asked the Japanese public to think of two lines with seven syllables to finish her poem making it a tanka with an overall rhythm of 5-7-5-7-7. NASDA also asked the public to come up with a name for her teddy …