JAXA Education Payload Observation 10 (JAXA EPO 10) - 11.22.16

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ISS Science for Everyone

Science Objectives for Everyone
The Education Payloads Operation for the education consists of various activities which attract attention concerning Japanese manned space flight activities, and to gain support from the Japanese community regarding future manned space exploration.

BLUE EARTH GAZING was inspired by OTSUKIMI which is a Japanese traditional custom to see the moon. Japanese people enjoy the moon vewing in their own way; for example, the way to see the reflected images of the moon on the surface of a river. BLUE EARTH GAZING will see the earth through its reflected images on the surface of the water, and will suggest the new way to enjoy the earth vewing.

(JAXA EPO10/Report)
JAXA REPORT is an activity where the crew writes a report in Japanese concerning ISS ordinary life to attract attention for manned space activity to gain support for future manned space exploration from Japanese public.
Science Results for Everyone
Hey, look everybody, Japan is in space! A suite of activities known as Education Payloads Operation is designed to attract attention from the Japanese community.  This activity involves a crew member writing a report in Japanese about ordinary life on the International Space Station. It includes artistic experiments and cultural activities to help the general public learn more about microgravity and human space flight, and to promote the idea of a global citizenry and future space exploration.  The works of art are exhibited in museums and other venues back on Earth.

The following content was provided by Takahiro Ando, 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)
Takahiro Ando, Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan

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Sponsoring Space Agency
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Sponsoring Organization
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Research Benefits
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ISS Expedition Duration
September 2012 - September 2013

Expeditions Assigned

Previous Missions
JAXA EPO has several missions but each mission is one time only.

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Experiment Description

Research Overview

  • The JAXA EPO allows the Japanese community the opportunity to interact with ISS crewmembers through various activities for educational purposes.

  • These activities help to enlighten the general public about microgravity utilization and human space flight via crewmember performances of on-orbit demonstrations exhibiting that microgravity is useful not only for scientists and engineers, but also for writers, poets, teachers, artists, etc.

JAXA Education Payload Observation (EPO) 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 ISS/JEM is useful not only for scientists and engineers but also for writers, poets, teachers, artists, etc.

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Space Applications
To persue the development of global citienry and expanding the future of mankind by promoting space utilization.

Earth Applications
To persue the development of global citienry and expanding the future of mankind by promoting space utilization.And also, To create new value by conducting artisitic experiments and cultural activites.

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Operational Requirements and Protocols
During the experiment, JEM internal camera is required to support the experiment from ground. In order to protect Principal Investigators' idea and copy rights, any still images and video including JEM Internal camera, which are taken during the experiment, must be proprieatry.
The experiment is recorded by G1 and will the recorded tapes will be retreaved to the ground.

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Decadal Survey Recommendations

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Results/More Information

Since JAXA EPO is one time only mission, there is no on-orbit sessions has be done. Six month after the experiment, Principal Investigators will make his/her work of art and exhibit them at such as museum.

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