Mon, May 08, 2006
NASA; Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science
and Technology; and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency have
named Japanese astronaut Takao Doi to the space shuttle crew that
will deliver the first module of the Japanese laboratory, Kibo, to
the International Space Station.
Doi is the first crew member named to the mission, which will be
the eighth of the upcoming space shuttle missions to the space
station. Doi's duties will involve attachment and initial set-up of
the Kibo Japanese Experiment Logistics Module. Doi's crew mates
will be named at a later date.
The mission will be Doi's second space flight. During his first
flight, shuttle mission STS-87 in 1997, he performed two
Doi holds a bachelor's degree, master's degree and a doctorate
in aerospace engineering from the University of Tokyo. He also has
a doctorate in astronomy from Rice University, Houston.
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