Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Education Payload Observation 5 (JAXA EPO 5) - 11.22.16

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ISS Science for Everyone

Science Objectives for Everyone
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Education Payload Observation 5 (JAXA EPO5) activities demonstrate artistic activities on board the ISS/JEM to enlighten the general public about microgravity research and human space flight.
Science Results for Everyone
Want to hold space in your hands?  For an educational activity called Message in a Bottle, a crew member on extra-vehicular activity fills a small cylinder with “space.” This memento of a walk in space is returned to Earth and placed in people’s hands, creating a physical connection between Earth-bound humans and space.  This activity delights and enlights the general public about microgravity and human spaceflight and informs the Japanese community about their country’s manned spaceflight activities.

The following content was provided by Shiro Matsui, 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)
Shiro Matsui, Kyoto City, University of Arts, Kyoto, Japan

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Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Tsukuba, Japan

Sponsoring Space Agency
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Sponsoring Organization
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Research Benefits
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ISS Expedition Duration
March 2010 - March 2011; September 2012 - March 2013

Expeditions Assigned

Previous 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 5 (JAXA EPO5) 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 5 demonstrations are downlinked, edited, and used to support cultural resources for the general public.

The objective of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Education Payload Observation 5 (JAXA EPO 5) 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 EPO5 activities are as follows:

  • Message in a Bottle plans to create a unique communication interface between space and Earth, as well as present and future humankind. During a extra vehicular activity (EVA) , a small cylinder is filled with Space. This investigation provides a chance for the participating astronaut to create a memento of his or her time in space but also a message for people on Earth. Once the “Message in a Bottle” is brought back to Earth and placed in people's hands, it will become a conduit between humans and space, and between this world and the one beyond us. (Increment 23/24) (Increment 31/32)

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Space Applications
JAXA EPO 5 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.

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Operational Requirements and Protocols
JAXA EPO5 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, one crewmember will perform the activity. Each activity will have its own props (e.g., water, clay). The activity is then returned to stowage. After the objects and 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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Decadal Survey Recommendations

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Results/More Information

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

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