Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Education Payload Observation 8 (JAXA EPO 8) - 08.20.14
ISS Science for Everyone
Science Objectives for Everyone
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Education Payload Observation 8 (JAXA EPO 8) demonstrates educational events and artistic performances on board the Kibo module. These activities are expected to enlighten the general public about the wonders of microgravity phenomena and human space flight.
Science Results for Everyone
International Space Station crew members create bubbles of green tea (also revealing facts about the state of water in microgravity), use luminous paint to create marbling patterns on spheres of sea water, and make a 3D movie of cherry blossom petal blizzards inside the space station (a nod to Japanese traditional culture). This series of activities brings home the wonders of human space flight and provides interaction between those on Earth and crew on the International Space Station. Musical Instruments developed for use in microgravity are played to demonstrate microgravity’s effect on sound; for example, because the instruments are floating, resonance is not dampened and the musical sound stays loud, clear, and deep for a long time.
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Tsukuba, , Japan
Sponsoring Space Agency
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
ISS Expedition Duration
September 2011 - May 2012
Previous ISS Missions
- Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Education Payload Observation 8 (JAXA EPO 8) includes artistic experiments and cultural activities. JAXA implements these activities to enlighten the general public about microgravity utilization and human space flight. JAXA understands that International Space Station (ISS), Japanese Experiment Module (JEM), Kibo, is useful for scientists and engineers as well as writers, poets, teachers, artists, etc.
- The JAXA EPO 8 demonstrations are downlinked, edited, and used to support cultural resources for the general public.