Expedition 39 successfully ended last night with the safe return to Earth of Koichi Wakata, Mikhail Tyurin and Rick Mastracchio. Now Expedition 40 begins with the trio of astronauts still on the International Space Station.
Commander Koichi Wakata poses before a Cupola window aboard the International Space Station. The Canadarm2's Latching End Effector looks on from the other side of the glass. Meanwhile, in the background, Earth hangs almost modestly, all but obscured by the photo's fore- and middleground subjects.
Koichi Wakata—a Japanese astronaut now on board the International Space Station—just shared this incredible photo of the "Moon setting on the blue Earth atmosphere." He just snapped these two awesome shots of auroras over Australia.
Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata is using some of his time aboard the International Space Station to create art, namely spiral light paintings made utilizing the station's microgravity and a spinning top.
Kirobo became the first talking robot in space when it arrived on the International Space Station earlier this year. In this video, we can see the adorable artificial astronaut undertake its mission through a conversation with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Koichi Wakata.
Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata is a lucky man. He's one of the few humans who's been launched into space. He's on the ISS. And, perhaps most importantly, he's helping test a pair of magic underpants.
If I were ever so blessed to copulate with Scarlett Johansson, I might try some strange things, things I wasn't even generally comfortable with, just for the vicarious accomplishment of all mankind.