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Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Education Payload Observation 1 (JAXA_EPO_1)


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Experiment Overview

This content was provided by Hitoshi Nomura, Naoko Matsuo, Takao Fujiwara, Takuro Osaka, Yuichi Yonebayashi, and is maintained in a database by the ISS Program Science Office.

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

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Education Payload Observation 1 (JAXA EPO 1) activities demonstrate artistic activities on board the ISS/JEM to enlighten the general public about microgravity research and human space flight.

Principal Investigator(s)

  • Hitoshi Nomura, Kyoto City, University of Arts, Kyoto, Japan
  • Naoko Matsuo, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Tsukuba, Japan
  • Takao Fujiwara, Kyoto City, University of Arts, Kyoto, Japan
  • Takuro Osaka, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan
  • Yuichi Yonebayashi, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Tokyo, Japan
  • Co-Investigator(s)/Collaborator(s)

    Information Pending


    Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Tsukuba, , Japan

    Sponsoring Space Agency

    Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

    Sponsoring Organization

    Information Pending

    ISS Expedition Duration:

    April 2008 - September 2010

    Expeditions Assigned


    Previous ISS Missions

    JAXA EPO 1 began operations on ISS Expedition 17.

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    Experiment Description

    Research Overview

    • Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Education Payload Observation 1 (JAXA EPO 1) 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 EPO1 demonstrations are downlinked, edited, and used to support cultural resources for the general public.


    The objective of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Education Payload Observation 1 (JAXA EPO 1) 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 EPO1 activities are as follows:

    • Modeling Clay in Space shows the inspiration of space and the human space flight by Clay figures. Videos are taken by the crewmember to document the experiment. The dried figures are returned to Earth and used as art for a tribute to space flight. (Increment 17)

    • Artistic Experiments Using a Water Sphere aims to record the motion of a water sphere after external oscillations in microgravity environment with a HDTV camera. (Increment 17)

    • Marbling Painting on a Water Ball records and obtain the ink flow on the water sphere. (Increment 17)

    • Sparkling Nuerons will obtain imagery with HDTV. Imagery will be returned to Earth for examination. Investigator will then create an intuitive image of the space environment. (Increment 17)

    • 'moon’ score: ISS Astronaut will capture various pictures of the Moon from the ISS. Images will be returned to Earth where a musical score will be composed to match the images. (Increments 17, 18, 19/20, 21/22, 23/24)

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    Space Applications

    JAXA EPO 1 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

    JAXA EPO 1 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.

    Operational Protocols

    After setting up the activity, one crewmember will perform the activity and films it. Each activity will have its own props (e.g., water, clay). The activity is then dismantled and returned to stowage. After the video/imagery is returned to Earth, they will be used to develop project plans, artistic products for distribution to the general public.

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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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    image An example of the figures expected from the Microgravity Clay for JAXA EPO 1. Image courtesy of JAXA.
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    image An example of the type of Spiral Top action that will be recorded onboard the ISS. Image courtesy of JAXA.
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    image NASA Image: ISS017E011441 - Image of the Moon from ISS, used for inspiration for the musical score for the Moon Score activity.
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    image Computer-generated image of a water blob floating in the pressurized module. Image courtesy of Professors Takao Fujiwara and Hitoshi Nomura, and Associate Professor Masayuki Towata, of Kyoto City University of the Arts.
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    Information provided by the investigation team to the ISS Program Scientist's Office.
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