Satoshi Furukawa

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Satoshi Furukawa
古川 聡
Satoshi Furukawa.jpg
Official portrait, 2004
Born (1964-04-04) April 4, 1964 (age 59)
Yokohama City / Kanagawa, Japan
Space career
NASDA/JAXA Astronaut
Time in space
167 days[1]
Selection1999 NASDA Group
MissionsSoyuz TMA-02M (Expedition 28/29) , SpaceX Crew-7
Mission insignia
ISS Expedition 28 Patch.png ISS Expedition 29 Patch.png

Satoshi Furukawa (古川 聡, Furukawa Satoshi, born April 4, 1964) is a Japanese surgeon and JAXA astronaut. Furukawa was assigned to the International Space Station as a flight engineer on long-duration missions Expedition 28/29, lifting off 7 June 2011 and returning 22 November 2011.

Medical career[edit]

Furakawa graduated from Eiko high school, Kamakura, in 1983; he received a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Tokyo in 1989, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Medical Science from the same in 2000.

From 1989 to 1999, Furukawa worked in the Department of Surgery at the University of Tokyo, as well as the Department of Anesthesiology at JR Tokyo General Hospital, the Department of Surgery at Ibaraki Prefectural Central Hospital and at Sakuragaoka Hospital.

NASDA/JAXA career[edit]

In February 1999, Furukawa was selected by the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) 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 been participating in ISS Advanced Training, as well as supporting the development of the hardware and operation of the Japanese ISS Experimental ModuleKibo.”

On October 1, 2003, NASDA merged with ISAS (Institute of Space and Astronautical Science) and NAL (National Aerospace Laboratory of Japan) and was renamed JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency).

In May 2004, he completed Soyuz-TMA Flight Engineer-1 training at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC), Star City, Russia.

Furukawa after landing of Soyuz TMA-02M spacecraft in Kazakhstan.

Furukawa arrived at the Johnson Space Center in June 2004. In February 2006 he completed NASA Astronaut Candidate Training that included scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in Shuttle and International Space Station systems, physiological training, T-38 Talon flight training, and water and wilderness survival training. Completion of this initial training qualified him for various technical assignments within the NASA Astronaut Office and for flight assignment as a mission specialist on Space Shuttle missions.[2]

In August 2007, Furukawa served as an aquanaut during the NEEMO 13 project, an exploration research mission held in Aquarius, the world's only undersea research laboratory.[3]

In 2013, Furukawa served as cavenaut[4] into the ESA CAVES training in Sardinia, alongside Jeremy Hansen, Michael Barratt, Jack Fisher, Aleksei Ovchinin and Paolo Nespoli.

He is scheduled to make a second long-duration flight to the ISS as a mission specialist on the SpaceX Crew-7 Mission.[5]

Spaceflight experience[edit]

Furukawa was assigned as a flight engineer to the International Space Station Expedition 28/29 long duration missions. The Soyuz TMA-02M spacecraft carrying Furukawa, cosmonaut Sergey Volkov and NASA astronaut Michael Fossum lifted off from the Baikonour Cosmodrome on 7 June 2011.[6] Carrying the same crew, Soyuz TMA-02M undocked from the ISS at 11:00 pm UTC on 21 November 2011. The spacecraft soft-landed safely—albeit on its side—in Kazakhstan at 2:26 am UTC on 22 November.[7]


Furukawa was born in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. He enjoys baseball, bowling, music and traveling. He is married and has two children.


Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

  1. ^ "Astronauts and Cosmonauts (Sorted by "Time in Space")".
  2. ^ "Biographical Data Satoshi Furukawa". October 2008. Retrieved 1 May 2011.
  3. ^ NASA (July 24, 2007). "NASA Announces Next Undersea Exploration Mission Dates and Crew". NASA. Retrieved September 26, 2011.
  4. ^ "Meet the cavenauts: Satoshi Furukawa – Caves & pangaea blog". Retrieved 2021-05-25.
  5. ^ @JAXA_en (20 November 2020). "@Astro_Wakata and @Astro_Satoshi will..." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  6. ^ "Expedition 28". NASA. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  7. ^ "3 Space Station Astronauts Land Safely in Kazakhstan"., 21 November 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-22.

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