Illustration of an astronaut standing on the moon

Events

Astronaut Selection Examination Held in Japan for the First Time in 13 Years

In November 2021, for the first time in 13 years, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced a call for astronaut candidates. There were 4,127 applicants, half of which passed the document selection process, and as of September 2022, had been narrowed down to 205. The selection examination will continue until early November, and the “few” final successful applicants will be announced around February 2023.

This recruitment is for participation in the “Artemis Program” proposed by the U.S. The Artemis program is a lunar exploration project that aims to construct a manned base in lunar orbit and on its surface to sustain human activity on the Moon. This is a major project with an eye toward a manned Mars mission in the future.

Interestingly, the conditions for hiring astronaut candidates have changed. Height restrictions have been relaxed since the evolution of space suits. Beginning with this examination, the program is now open to applicants with a liberal arts background without regard to academic qualifications. All selection tests require a presentation, and “expressive and communicative abilities” are required rather than expertise.

This topic reminds me of the Japanese comic “Space Brother”. It is also available in an animated version on Netflix. It tells the story of a young man who aspires to become an astronaut, what the astronaut selection process is like, and how refreshing and encouraging it is to pursue one’s dream.

Former Prime Minister Abe Digital Flower Donation ProjectPrev

How to hold chopsticks beautifullyNext

Related post

  1. Events

    Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda Resigns

    Toyota Motor has announced that CEO Akio Toyoda, 66, will step down and become chairman in April 2023. Lexus President Koji Sato, 53, will replace him…

  2. Events

    The History of Cross-Dressing in Japan

    Cross-dressing is when a man dresses as a woman and a woman dresses as a man. It is also an attempt to transcend biological gender through the power…

  3. Events

    First astronomical show in 442 years

    Tonight, if weather permits, a "total lunar eclipse" will be visible throughout Japan. This time, "Uranus eclipse" will also be seen at the same tim…

  4. Events

    Have you ever seen cherry blossoms in the fall?

    Have you ever seen cherry blossoms in the fall? Cherry trees are deciduous, so their leaves turn red around November and gradually fall off toward win…

  5. Events

    Japan defeats Spain in the World Cup!

    Japan's national soccer team beat the mighty Spain 2-1 to advance to the World Cup Final Tournament! I'm soooo glad!Japan achieved the incredible fe…

  6. Events

    Today is Pocky Day

    Pocky is a snack that stick-shaped cookie coated with chocolate. Glico, snack food manufacturing company in Osaka, named November 11 "Pocky Day" for…

PAGE TOP