Renowned Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi will come to Vietnam and talk with students in Hanoi as part of activities marking the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Japan and Vietnam.
On June 18, he will meet with students from the University of Engineering and Technology (Vietnam National University) located at 144 Xuan Thuy Street, Cau Giay Ward in Hanoi.
The event will run from 2:00-5:00 p.m. and is free.
Born in 1965, Noguchi earned his Master's degree in Aero Engineering from the University of Toyota in Japan in 1991. Five years later, he started working at the Center for National Space Development of Japan, now called the Japan Aerospace of Exploration Agency (JAXA).
On May 29, 1996 he was selected by the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) for its astronaut corps. In 1996-1998 he passed a course in general space training at the Johnson Space Center together with NASA astronauts and was qualified as a Shuttle mission specialist.
He was assigned in April 2001 as a mission specialist to the crew of the Endeavour Shuttle (STS-113) and then transferred to the Atlantis Shuttle (STS-114) for NASA's "Return to Flight" Space Shuttle mission in July 2005. Its mission was to deliver supplies for the International Space Station (ISS) and was NASA's first following the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster of 2003.
In 2009, Noguchi was one of three aboard the Soyuz TMA-17, a human spaceflight mission to ISS.
With 177 days three hours and five minutes in total flying time under his belt, Noguchi is recognized has having spent more time in space than any other Japanese astronaut.
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