TOKYO, June 16 (JIJI) — The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced Friday that Japanese astronaut Yui Kimiya will return to space in the second half of 2024 or later to stay on the International Space Station for about six months.
On her first spaceflight, Yue stayed on the International Space Station from July to December 2015.
On his second space flight, Yui, who is 53, is expected to fly in the Crew Dragon of SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies Corp.), from the United States, or in the Starliner from Boeing, also from the United States, under development at present.
On Friday, at a press conference from Houston, where she is training, Yue said she hopes to give back all that she has received from so many people by drawing on her experience of the first spaceflight. He said: “I am ready to do everything possible.”
Yue expressed interest in Boeing’s Starliner because of its “second nature” as a former Air Self-Defense Force test pilot.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]
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