Akihiko Hoshide

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Akihiko Hoshide
Akihiko Hoshide 2012.jpg
NASDA/JAXA Astronaut
Born (1968-12-28) December 28, 1968 (age 49)
Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan
Other occupation
Keio University University of Houston
Time in space
140 days 17 hours 26 minutes
Selection1999 NASDA Group
Total EVAs
Total EVA time
21 hours and 23 minutes
MissionsSTS-124, Soyuz TMA-05M (Expedition 32/33)
Mission insignia
STS-124 patch.svg Soyuz-TMA-05M-Mission-Patch.png ISS Expedition 32 Patch.svg ISS Expedition 33 Patch.svg

Akihiko Hoshide (星出 彰彦, Hoshide Akihiko, born December 28, 1968) is a Japanese engineer and JAXA astronaut. On August 30, 2012, Hoshide became the third Japanese astronaut to walk in space.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

He was born in 1968 in Tokyo, Japan.[2]

He received an International Baccalaureate Diploma from the United World College of South East Asia in 1987, a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Keio University in 1992, and a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering in 1997.


Hoshide joined the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) in 1992 and worked in the development of the H-II launch vehicle for two years. From 1994 to 1999, he was as an astronaut support engineer for the NASDA Astronaut Office, supporting the development of the astronaut training program, and he supported astronaut Koichi Wakata during Wakata's training and mission on STS-72.

Astronaut career[edit]

Hoshide taking a space selfie during extravehicular activity (EVA) on September 5, 2012, with the Sun behind him.

In February 1999 Hoshide was selected by NASDA (now JAXA) as one of three Japanese astronaut candidates for the International Space Station (ISS). He started the ISS Astronaut Basic Training program in April 1999 and was certified as an astronaut in January 2001. Since April 2001, he has participated in ISS Advanced Training, as well as supporting the development of the hardware and operation of the Japanese Experiment Module Kibō and the H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV).

In May 2004, he completed Soyuz-TMA Flight Engineer-1 training at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia and then transferred to the Johnson Space Center. He completed NASA Astronaut Candidate Training and was assigned to the crew of STS-124, the second of three flights that launched components to the International Space Station to complete the Japanese Kibō laboratory in May 2008.

After successfully making it back to Earth after mission STS-124, Hoshide spent time talking to students about his mission, visiting schools such as Assumption St. Bridget School and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.

He once again journeyed to the International Space Station on July 15, 2012 aboard Soyuz TMA-05M. During his stay, he successfully recorded the first voice acting performance in space for a cameo appearance in the 31st episode of the anime television series, Space Brothers, which aired on November 4, 2012.[3][4]

His space selfies from 2012, including another space selfie that was posted on Instagram,[5] appeared at the top of many selfie lists of 2013.[6][7]

On June 10, 2014, NASA announced that Hoshide would command the NEEMO 18 undersea exploration mission aboard the Aquarius underwater laboratory, which began on July 21, 2014 and lasted nine days.[8][9] In 2016 Hoshide participated in ESA CAVES, an underground space analogue mission that aims, among others, to improve human behavior and performance skills.[10]

JAXA announced his selection as a crew member of future ISS Expedition 64/65 in March 2018.[11]


  1. ^ William Harwood (August 30, 2012). "Spacewalkers run into major snag replacing power unit". Spaceflight Now. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved September 1, 2012.
  2. ^ JAXA (July 13, 2015). "Akihiko Hoshide Biography". JAXA. Retrieved June 7, 2016.
  3. ^ "Astronaut Hoshide to Record Space Brothers Cameo from Space". Anime News Network. July 14, 2012. Archived from the original on October 22, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
  4. ^ "Astronaut Successfully Dubs Space Brothers Anime From Space". Anime News Network. October 8, 2012. Archived from the original on September 29, 2013. Retrieved October 11, 2012.
  5. ^ Gordon, Naomi (December 11, 2013). "8 surprising celebrity selfies: Pope Francis, Darth Vader and the Obamas". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on December 27, 2013. Retrieved December 27, 2013.
  6. ^ "Seven of the best selfies you will see today: As selfie is named word of the year, we round up seven of the best". Metro. November 19, 2013. Archived from the original on March 30, 2014. Retrieved December 27, 2013.
  7. ^ "Obama caught snapping 'funeral selfie': Craziest selfies of all time". NY Daily News. Archived from the original on December 28, 2013. Retrieved December 27, 2013.
  8. ^ "NASA Announces Two Upcoming Undersea Missions". NASA. June 10, 2014. Retrieved June 26, 2014.
  9. ^ Bergin, Chris (June 11, 2014). "NEEMO returns with two new underwater missions". NASASpaceflight. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
  10. ^ European Space Agency (June 24, 2016). "Underground astronauts preparing for space". Phys.org. Science X Network. Retrieved 2017-04-04.
  11. ^ "JAXA | JAXA Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide Selected as ISS Expedition crew member and assuming the post of Commander". JAXA | Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Retrieved 2018-03-02.

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