Chiaki Mukai

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)Astronaut and Vice-Director for Human Space Systems and Utilisation Mission Directorate

Dr. Chiaki Mukai is Japan’s first female astronaut, and currently JAXA Senior Advisor and Vice President of the Tokyo University of Science. This year Dr. Mukai has been appointed as Chair of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses for Outer Space, which addresses the global community’s attempts to reduce space debris, to realize the long-term sustainability of outer space activities and the SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals. As medical doctor and the first female astronaut from Asia, Dr. Mukai flew as a Payload Specialist on the Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-65/Second International Microgravity Laboratory: IML-2) in 1994, and on the Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-95) mission in 1998, and conducted various life science and space medicine experiments.