Takuya Onishi

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Takuya Onishi
Takuya Onishi at the Neutral Buoyancy Lab.jpg
JAXA Astronaut
Nationality Japanese
Status Active
Born (1975-12-22) December 22, 1975 (age 41)[citation needed]
Nerima, Tokyo, Japan
Other occupation
Pilot
Time in space
115d 02h 22m
Selection 2009 JAXA Group
Missions Soyuz MS-01 (Expedition 48/49)
Mission insignia
Soyuz-MS-01-Mission-Patch.png ISS Expedition 48 Patch.png ISS Expedition 49 Patch.png

Takuya Onishi (大西 卓哉?, Ōnishi Takuya, born 1975) is a Japanese astronaut from JAXA, who was selected in 2009.[1] He spent four months on board the International Space Station in 2016.

Early life[edit]

Onishi was born in Nerima, Tokyo, Japan. He graduated from Seiko Gakuin High School in Yokohama in 1994 and received a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Aeronautical and Space Engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1998. He joined All Nippon Airways (ANA) in 1998 and was assigned to the Passenger Service Department, Haneda airport, Tokyo, where he was a check-in agent and assisted disabled people in boarding.

Career in aviation[edit]

Onishi completed two years of basic flight training in Bakersfield, California and one year of advanced flight training in Tokyo. He was promoted to co-pilot of Boeing 767 airplanes in October 2003 and flew both domestic and international routes.

JAXA Career[edit]

In February 2009, Onishi was selected by the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) as one of the Japanese astronaut candidates for the International Space Station (ISS). Starting in April 2009, he attended the ISS Astronaut Basic Training domestic program at Tsukuba Space Center in Japan.[2]

Onishi arrived at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, in August 2009. As one of the 14 members of the 20th NASA astronaut class, he took part in an Astronaut Candidate Training program that included scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in ISS systems, Extravehicular Activity (EVA), robotics, physiological training, T-38 flight training, and water and wilderness survival training.[2]

Onishi performing EVA on simulated asteroid during NEEMO 15 mission.[3]

Having completed his training as an astronaut, Onishi was given the opportunity to fly to the International Space Station and engage in scientific experiments at the Japanese Experiment Module space laboratory, as well as in the maintenance and operations of the station.

On September 19, 2011, NASA announced that Onishi would serve as an aquanaut aboard the Aquarius underwater laboratory during the NEEMO 15 undersea exploration mission from October 17–30, 2011.[4] Delayed by stormy weather and high seas, the mission began on October 20, 2011.[5][6] On the afternoon of October 21, Onishi and his crewmates officially became aquanauts, having spent over 24 hours underwater. NEEMO 15 ended early on October 26 due to the approach of Hurricane Rina.[5]

Expedition 48/49[edit]

Onishi joined International Space Station Expedition 48-49 as a crew member. The mission had a successful launch on July 6, 2016, and Onishi was expected to spend four months at the ISS.[7] He returned to Earth after 115 days in space.

Personal life[edit]

Onishi enjoys flying, playing the saxophone, movies and hiking.[2]

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration document "NASA - Meet the NEEMO 15 Crew" (retrieved on 2011-09-19).

  1. ^ Two Japanese Picked As Candidates For Astronauts February 26, 2009
  2. ^ a b c NASA (September 15, 2011). "NASA - Meet the NEEMO 15 Crew". NASA. Retrieved September 19, 2011. 
  3. ^ Onishi, Takuya (October 22, 2011). "NEEMO 15 - Mission Day 2 Blog". NASA. Retrieved October 25, 2011. 
  4. ^ NASA (September 19, 2011). "NASA - NASA Announces 15th Undersea Exploration Mission Date And Crew". NASA. Retrieved September 19, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b NASA (October 27, 2011). "NASA - NEEMO 15 Topside Reports". NASA. Retrieved October 27, 2011. 
  6. ^ Walker, Shannon (October 21, 2011). "NEEMO 15 - Splashdown Day!". NASA. Retrieved October 25, 2011. 
  7. ^ "ISS-bound astronaut Onishi hopes for mission success on Star Festival day". Japan Times. July 7, 2016. Retrieved July 7, 2016. 

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