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Naoko Yamazaki

Astronaut Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Astronaut Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

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Naoko Yamazaki Biography

Naoko Yamazaki is an engineer, former Japanese astronaut at JAXA, and the second Japanese woman to fly in space. Yamazaki joined the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) in 1996 and was part of the development team for the system integration of the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM). She also worked on the JEM failure analysis and creating initial operation procedures. From June 1998 to March 2000, she was part of the ISS Centrifuge team (life science experiment facility) conducting conceptual framework and preliminary design.

Yamazaki was selected as an astronaut candidate in February 1999 by the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA, now JAXA), attended the ISS Astronaut Basic Training program beginning in April 1999, and was certified as an astronaut in September 2001. Since 2001, Yamazaki has participated in ISS Advanced Training and supported the development of the hardware and operation of the Japanese Experiment Module.

In June 2004, Yamazaki arrived at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas to begin Astronaut Candidate Training school, where she was assigned to the Astronaut Office Robotics Branch. She was selected as a NASA mission specialist in 2006. In November 2008, JAXA announced that Yamazaki would become the second Japanese woman to fly in space on STS-131, which launched on 5 April 2010. Since the space shuttle retired the following year in 2011, she was also the last Japanese astronaut to ever fly the space shuttle.

On April 5, 2010 Yamazaki entered space on the shuttle Discovery as part of mission STS-131. She returned to Earth on April 20, 2010. Yamazaki retired from JAXA on August 31, 2011.

Since 2011, Yamazaki has been involved with promoting STEM activities as well as being a member of the Japanese government Space Policy Committee. In July 2018, Yamazaki co-founded the Space Port Japan Association, which is an organization to support efforts to open spaceports in Japan through collaboration with companies, groups and government institutions. She is an adviser to the Young Astronaut Club, and Chairman of the Women in Aerospace program of the Japan Rocket Society.

Naoko Yamazaki Videos

  • Amelia Earhart Fellow Presentation at the 2018 Convention - YouTube
    Former Japanese Astronaut and Amelia Earhart Fellow Naoko Yamazaki speaks at the 2018 Zonta International Convention in Yokohama, ...
  • Seeing Earth from space | Naoko Yamazaki | TEDxHaneda - YouTube
    Naoko is the second Japanese female astronaut since Chiaki Mukai. She studied aerospace engineering while at graduate school and aspired ...
  • Video Message from Naoko Yamazaki on Girls and Women in STEM ...
    In this special video message, Japanese astronaut Naoko Yamazaki, shares her experiences as a successful woman working in STEM on the ...

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