For our April Board of Directors meeting, the BOD had the chance to listen to JAXA astronaut Akihiko “Aki”
Hoshide! Aki brought a video show what life is like in space and the International Space Station (ISS). This was made possible by Claude Onizuka, brother of Challenger astronaut Ellison Onizuka
Born in Tokyo, Aki was chosen as one of three candidates for the ISS in 1999, and became a certified astronaut in 2001. After more extensive training both in his native Japan and in The U.S., he qualified for space flight missions in 2006, and has since flown twice to the ISS on various missions. He explained that it’s difficult to keep track of time in space, and said one of his favorite pastimes on the shuttle was looking out his window at Earth.
Mahalo Claude and Aki for your time!