Kibo Kids Tour (Kibo Kids Tour) - 09.23.15

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ISS Science for Everyone

Science Objectives for Everyone
Kibo Kids Tour introduces on-orbit Japanese utilization activities in the Kibo module of the International Space Station to the children of Japan.
Science Results for Everyone
Come on in, kids, welcome to the space station! To celebrate the first long-duration stay on the International Space Station by a Japanese astronaut, the Kibo Kids Tour activity creates a video message about Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) payload facilities and experiments.  Designed for 10- to 12-year-old students, the video provides detail on the Kibo module, experiment facilities, and experiments under way.  The video downlink “tour” gives astronauts a chance to share their duties and knowledge with eager young minds and teaches the students more about on-orbit Japanese activities through connection with an astronaut still living and working in space.

The following content was provided by Shiho Ogawa, and is maintained in a database by the ISS Program Science Office.
Information provided courtesy of the Japan Aerospace and Exploration Agency (JAXA).
Experiment Details


Principal Investigator(s)
Shiho Ogawa, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Tsukuba, Japan

Information Pending

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Tsukuba, Japan

Sponsoring Space Agency
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Sponsoring Organization
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Research Benefits
Information Pending

ISS Expedition Duration 1
April 2009 - October 2009

Expeditions Assigned

Previous ISS Missions
Increment 19/20 was the first time Kibo Kids Tour was performed.

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Experiment Description

Research Overview

  • Kibo Kids Tour will be conducted on board the ISS in celebration of the first Japanese astronaut’s long-duration stay on the ISS.

  • Kibo Kids Tour will describe to kids in detail the Kibo module and explain the experiment facilities and experiment itself. The target audience is ten through twelve year old students.

In celebration of the first Japanese astronaut's long-duration stay on the ISS, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will create a video message session featuring JAXA payload facilities and experiments. On-orbit Japanese utilization activities will be demonstrated to kids between the ages of 10 and 12. The experiment facilities and the supporting equipment will be explained to the children via video downlink.

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Space Applications
Conducting tours of Kibo to school-age kids during space flight will provide astronauts a chance to share their duties and knowledge of the module with inquiring minds.

Earth Applications
Kibo Kids Tour will allow children the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of on-orbit Japanese utilization activities through the video with an astronaut on-board the ISS.

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Operational Requirements
Kibo Kids Tour uses a video camera already on-board the ISS. The video will be downlinked to the ground after completion of the experiment.

Operational Protocols
After setting up the camera, at crewmember will perform the tour while another films it. The video will be returned to Earth and used to create educational packages.

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Decadal Survey Recommendations

Information Pending

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Results/More Information

The footage was taken by Astronaut Koichi Wakata, and it goes on JAXA HP. People can learn more about the first Japanese manned space facility, Kibo. The video was used in developing education curriculum support materials for distribution to educators.

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