Space Station Crew Member Discusses Life in Space with Japanese Students | Summary and Q&A

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August 30, 2016
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Space Station Crew Member Discusses Life in Space with Japanese Students

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Students from the Young Astronauts Club of Japan speak to astronaut Takuya Onishi about life in space, expectations for Japan, and his experiences.

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Questions & Answers

Q: What sounds do you hear in space? Is it noisy or calm?

In space, there are mechanical sounds from machines, such as fans, that run 24/7. However, the Kibo module is one of the quietest locations on the International Space Station.

Q: What are the world's expectations of Japan regarding space travel?

Japan is known for its unique functions and equipment, like the airlock and the Kounotori cargo ship. These contributions have gained trust from the world and showcase what Japan can contribute in space.

Q: Are there any restrictions on behavior in space, other than during experiments?

Astronauts must be mindful of the space station's stability and avoid swaying it through excessive movement during exercise or docking procedures of other spacecraft.

Q: How do you communicate well with astronauts from other nationalities?

Understanding different cultures and values is important for good communication. Working hard and keeping promises also contribute to building trust and ensuring smooth communication.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Students ask astronaut Takuya Onishi about the sounds in space, and he explains that while it can be noisy due to mechanical sounds, the Kibo module is relatively quiet.

  • When asked about Japan's role in space travel, Onishi explains the unique functions of the Japan experiment module and the Kounotori cargo ship, which contribute to Japan's reputation and continue to gain trust from the world.

  • Onishi shares that good communication with other nationalities in space is important, and respecting cultural differences and working hard are key for smooth communication.

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