Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Education Payload Observation 7 (JAXA EPO 7) - 08.20.14
ISS Science for Everyone
Science Objectives for Everyone
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Education Payload Observation 7 (JAXA EPO 7) activities demonstrate educational events and artistic activities on board the ISS/JEM to enlighten the general public about microgravity research and human space flight.
Science Results for Everyone
Light dances in space. The space station’s Japanese experimental module, Kibo, conducts a series of artistic experiments and cultural activities to inform the public about microgravity and human spaceflight. This one uses an illuminated spinning top, Spiral Top-II, to create and record light effects on the station. In microgravity, a spinning top’s center of gravity continuously and randomly moves. Crew members use this effect of microgravity on the top’s movement to create unusual and beautiful light patterns, like dancing light, and vary those patterns by changing the position of the top’s arms and attaching weights to them in different locations.
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
JAXA EPO 1, the predecessor to this investigation began operations on ISS Expedition 18.
- Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Education Payload Observation 7 (JAXA EPO 7) 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 7 demonstrations are downlinked, edited, and used to support cultural resources for the general public.
The objective of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Education Payload Observation 7 (JAXA EPO 7) 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 7 detailed activities are currently to be determined.
JAXA EPO 7 introduces the next generation of explorers to the environment of space.
Research performed in Kibo onboard the ISS will contribute to developing a global citizenry, expanding the future of mankind through space exploration.
JAXA EPO 7 does not require power, telemetry, or specialized hardware. However, each demonstration requires a few hours from crewmembers, who will operate the video/camera equipment and perform demonstrations.
After setting up the activity, at least one crewmember will perform the activity while another films it. Each activity will have its own props. The activity is then dismantled and discarded. After the video/imagery is returned to Earth, they will be used to develop project plans, artistic products for distribution to the general public.