Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Education Payload Observation 3 (JAXA EPO 3) - 09.17.14

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Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Education Payload Observation 3 (JAXA EPO3) activities demonstrate artistic activities on board the ISS/JEM to enlighten the general public about microgravity research and human space flight.

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Information provided courtesy of the Japan Aerospace and Exploration Agency (JAXA).

Experiment Details


Principal Investigator(s)

  • Shiro Matsui, Kyoto City, University of Arts, Kyoto, Japan

  • Co-Investigator(s)/Collaborator(s)
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    Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Tsukuba, , Japan

    Sponsoring Space Agency
    Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

    Sponsoring Organization
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    Research Benefits
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    ISS Expedition Duration
    March 2009 - September 2010

    Expeditions Assigned

    Previous ISS Missions
    JAXA EPO 1, the predecessor to this investigation began operations on ISS Expedition 18.

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    Experiment Description

    Research Overview

    • Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Education Payload Observation 3 (JAXA EPO 3) 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 EPO3 demonstrations are downlinked, edited, and used to support cultural resources for the general public.

    The objective of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Education Payload Observation 3 (JAXA EPO3) investigation uses materials in the microgravity environment of the ISS/JEM to create multimedia products and artistic works that inspire the general public. The products will be exhibited at the museums. Each ISS Expedition involves different on-orbit activities and themes. The JAXA EPO 3 activities are as follows:

    • Dewey’s Forest shows how gravity controls the laws of nature and influences our ways of thinking. The project is a catalyst to rediscover our relationship with plants on the ground and the age old history of our gardens. (Increment 19/20, 21/22)

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    Space Applications
    JAXA EPO 3 is preparation for the JAXA EPO 4 which introduces the next generation of explorers to the environment of space.

    Earth Applications
    Research performed in Kibo onboard the ISS will contribute to developing a global citizenry, expanding the future of mankind through space exploration thru JAXA EPO4.

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    Operational Requirements
    JAXA EPO 3 does not require power, telemetry, or specialized hardware. However, each demonstration requires a few hours from crewmembers, who will perform demonstrations.

    Operational Protocols
    After setting up the activity, at least one crewmember will perform the activity while another films it. Each activity will have its own props (e.g., water, clay). The activity is then dismantled and some are returned to stowage and others are discarded. After the video/imagery is returned to Earth, they will be used to create artistic products for distribution to the general public.

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    Results/More Information
    Information Pending

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    Related Websites
    Creating Impressions in Space Activities on Kibo to produce new values

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    image Plants grown on Earth in the plant unit which will be used for Dewey's Forest. From left to right: oriental false hawksbeard, carnation, false strawberry and peppermint. Image courtesy of JAXA.
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