Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)Astronaut, Director Houston Office

Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1968, HOSHIDE Akihiko joined NASDA (currently JAXA) in 1992. In 1999 he was selected as a Japanese astronaut candidate, and was certified as an astronaut in 2001. In June 2008, he traveled to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery, where, among other operations, he participated in installing the Pressurized Module of the Japanese Experimental Module “Kibo” to the ISS. In July 2012, he traveled again aboard the Soyuz spacecraft to the ISS, where he deployed small satellites and performing three Extravehicular Activities (EVA) over the course of approximately four months. In 2021, he launched on the Crew-2 Crew Dragon spacecraft and stayed on the ISS as an Expedition 65/66 crew member, logging 198 days, 9 hours and 57 minutes in space. He served as the ISS commander for five months, performed various science experiments, maintenance tasks, and an EVA. His total EVA time is 28 hours and 17 minutes.


International Astronautical Congress 2022

18-22 September 2022

Paris, France