Naoko Yamazaki

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Naoko Yamazaki
Naoko Yamazaki.jpg
NASDA/JAXA Astronaut
Nationality Japanese
Status Retired
Born (1970-12-27) December 27, 1970 (age 43)
Matsudo, Chiba, Japan
Other occupation
Engineer, Researcher
Time in space
15 days, 2 hours, 47 minutes
Selection 1999 NASDA Group
Missions STS-131
Mission insignia
STS-131 patch.svg

Naoko Yamazaki (山崎 直子 Yamazaki Naoko?, born December 27, 1970) is a former Japanese astronaut at JAXA, the second Japanese woman to qualify.[1][2][3] The first was Chiaki Mukai.[2]

Early life[edit]

Yamazaki was born Naoko Sumino in Matsudo City. She spent two years of her childhood in Sapporo.[4] After graduating from Ochanomizu University Senior High School in 1989, Yamazaki earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1993, and earned a Master of Science degree with a major in Aerospace Engineering in 1996.[1][5]

JAXA career[edit]

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.[5] Since 2001, Yamazaki has participated in ISS Advanced Training and supported the development of the hardware and operation of the Japanese Experiment Module.[1][5] In May 2004, Yamazaki completed Soyuz-TMA Flight Engineer training at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonauts Training Center in Star City, Russia.[1]

NASA experience[edit]

In June 2004, Yamazaki arrived at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas to begin Astronaut Candidate Training school.[1] She is currently assigned to the Astronaut Office Robotics Branch.[1]

In November 2008, JAXA announced that Yamazaki would become the second Japanese woman to fly in space on STS-131, scheduled to launch in 2010.[2][3][6]

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.[7]

Yamazaki retired from JAXA on August 31, 2011.

Personal life[edit]

Yamazaki is married to Taichi Yamazaki and has two children. She enjoys scuba diving, snow skiing, flying and music.[1]

In 2007, Yamazaki provided the voice as herself in episode 7 of the anime Rocket Girls.

Yamazaki has been a part-time researcher at the University of Tokyo since December 2010.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g NASA (January 2008). "Naoko Yamazaki". NASA. Retrieved 2008-11-18. 
  2. ^ a b c Reuters (November 11, 2008). "Astronaut set to become Japan's first mum in space". Reuters UK. Retrieved November 18, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b JAXA (November 11, 2008). "Naoko Yamazaki to become second Japanese female astronaut to fly to space". Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Retrieved 2008-11-18. 
  4. ^ NASA (March 8, 2010). "Preflight Interview: Naoko Yamazaki, Mission Specialist". Retrieved March 11, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c JAXA (May 19, 2008). "Naoko Yamazaki". Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency. Retrieved 2008-11-18. 
  6. ^ NASA (2008). "Consolidated Launch Manifest". NASA. Retrieved October 25, 2008. 
  7. ^ Harwood, William. "Shuttle Lifts Off for Space Station", The New York Times, New York City, 05 April 2010. Retrieved on 2010-04-05.

External links[edit]

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