Soichi Noguchi

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Soichi Noguchi

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced on the 20th that astronaut Soichi Noguchi (57) will retire from JAXA on June 1. Mr. Noguchi will hold a press conference on the 25th of this month.

Following the US Space Shuttle in 2005 and the Russian Soyuz spacecraft in 2009, Mr. Noguchi boarded the new US spacecraft Crew Dragon No. 1 for the first time in 2008, except for Americans. He spent two long stays at the International Space Station and engaged in four EVAs.

After returning to Earth in May 2009, he was engaged in research and development of manned space technology at JAXA. In December 2009, he was appointed as a specially appointed professor at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo.