Return to Human Space Flight home page

Click for Snap Shots Click for Interactive Story Click for previous page
Space Shuttle Launch SiteTitle Graphic
Personal Space
Takayoshi Nishikawa
Click for video

A Different "Survivor."
As part of Basic Training, Japanese Astronauts undergo survival training. No film crew. No commercial breaks. And no million dollars!

Kibo Logo

Hope for the Future
The logo for Kibo represents a soaring paper airplane, pioneered by JEM, carrying hopes for the future. Red circle = the earth, sun, and the Japanese flag. Blue background = the sky and the endless expanse of space beyond.


Takayoshi Nishikawa
[ 1 ] [ 2 ]

Astronaut-speak
When you're training astronauts from around the world, clear communication is critical. Dealing with different languages and procedures can make this difficult. "Culture plays a role in learning and understanding," said Nishikawa. Takayoshi in TrainingUnless there is complete agreement, "the astronauts being trained wouldn't know what to do." The participating space agencies train their own astronauts and global guidelines ensure a uniform "voice."

Work Hard. Train Harder.
Nishikawa understands firsthand the long hours that have to be put in before you can see the "finish line." Squeezing in time around work, Nishikawa trains hard for the Salomon X-Adventure World Cup Race. During the 250-km course, covering two days, he and his teammates run in the mountains, ride mountain bikes and canoe the longest river of Japan. Symbolically his team is named "Freedom," the original moniker of the station. Currently, they're ranked 24th among 50 teams.

Cosmic College
Takayoshi Nishikawa"I hope that we will see a time where you can bring your children up to space with you," said Nishikawa. Twice a year, he lectures at Cosmic College for 5th and 7th grade space lovers whose biggest questions are about eating and going to the bathroom in space. He loves their enthusiasm, but thinks it's important that they understand the challenges of space. Food for Space"The space that ordinary people know, they think that it's a place for dreams," he said. "There are a lot of difficulties in really living up there. But I want to tell the children that it's really interesting; it's challenging." For someone tied closely to action and adventure, he has a poetic view of the station's significance: "International Space Station is part of a gift from the 20th century to the 21st century. I hope to maintain it as a symbol of wisdom and peace for the next generation."

Workout (or up?)
Drop and give me, wait, float and give me 20!" It's important for astronauts to stay in shape to counter the effects of weightlessness. Depending on whether they're using the treadmill or exercise bike, crew members use bungee cords or straps to keep them in place.

Curator: Kim Dismukes | Responsible NASA Official: John Ira Petty | Updated: 04/07/2002
Web Accessibility and Policy Notices