World Bank employee, surgeon picked as Japan astronaut candidates


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Shaking on screen? Japanese supposed only to bow to each other no other contact.

Glad finally there's female representatives however it doesn't help much for Japan gender equality problem in general. Hope this not only just for Japanese PR globally.

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Wow talk about buttering up to a bank.

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I thought Biden said a woman and a person of color were to be chosen to go to the Moon? Does this count?

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Congrats to both.

If space news made a 1/10th in news coverage this world would be just so much of a better place.

Space is a place to be humble, everything else sounds utterly pointless vanity.

Once officially certified as astronauts, the two could participate in missions on the International Space Station

Imagine working at the ISS while watching our beautiful World from all angles in all its colours in the peaceful silent space, just to open your web browser and see whats going on down there for absolutely no reason at all.

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A banker in space. It must be a bit difficult to count cash in weightlessness.

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Surely it's a candidate's physical prowness and health that is crucial for the choice of a successful candidate. Not his or her present occupation.

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The exam period matches the school juken period. Wonder if there is a JAXA juku somewhere for this?

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I'm interested in seeing how the Earth looks from the moon during an eclipse.

And I’m interested in stopping that wild money wasting. He can use eclipse photos of the moon as a source and then generate an AI picture of how the Earth highly probably looks like under his wished constellation. That costs a few seconds in the internet using a graphic and complementary bot to ChatGPT software, something like Dall-E et al.

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Space travel is all fun n games. Mankind will never be able to fly into space and fly fast enough to the next life supporting earth like habitable planet. Good luck

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CONRATLATIONS and best of luck to both of you, proud and happy to see a woman onboard again.

Good Luck.

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"Both Russia and China have already had astronauts on the moon !"


Btw, I've just come back from Itokawa.

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Fantastic news! Big up to these two new astronauts - real good choices in my opinion.

Both Russia and China have already had astronauts on the moon !

Ummm - no. That's not true. Japan will likely win the race to be 2nd nation to put a human on the moon - and it may well be a woman.

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Fighto,Japan cannot do anything without the US,it do have an astronaut trading center

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Both Russia and China have already had astronauts on the moon !

Russia has put one person on the moon, China has put zero.

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Awa, Only American have been on the moon, Chinese have orbit the moon,not landed a human,

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How many sides does a sphere have ?

When it's half illuminated, it has two, a dark side and a light side.

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Japan cannot do anything without the US,it do have an astronaut trading center

Fact check yourself son:

The JAXA Astronaut Corps is a unit of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) that selects, trains, and provides astronauts as crew members for U.S. and Russian space missions.

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The Artemis program is floundering

Which part of the article brought you to that conclusion?

further American human lunar landings may not happen

Same question.

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The entire article, read it carefully

I read the entire article carefully, and did not come to the same conclusions you did. This is why I asked specifically which parts of the article brought you to this conclusion. Essentially I'm saying that posting a link does not an argument make, and the article itself did not appear to come to the conclusions you did.

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I can see how a medical doctor could be useful in space, but what skill sets does a banker bring to the job that are especially valuable?

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Awa no GaijinFeb. 28 10:38 pm JST

Japan, a close U.S. ally, is pitching to become the second country after the United States to land an astronaut on the Moon,

This is bogus !

The notion that human ever set foot on moon is a bogus from cold war

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