Koichi Wakata Oversees International Space Station

Koichi Wakata Oversees International Space Station

The first Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata assumed oversight of the International Space Station today. Wakata is replacing outgoing station commander Oleg Kotov to become the first Japanese national to command a manned space mission. The Japanese astronaut arrived to the space station on Nov. 7 with two crew members. Wakata is one of four Japanese […]

Wakata Becomes First Japanese to Command the International Space Station

Wakata Becomes First Japanese to Command the International Space Station

Early this Sunday morning, astronaut Koichi Wakata became the first Japanese national to assume command of the International Space Station. Wakata is taking over from space station veteran commander Oleg Kotov from Russia to lead Expedition 39. As the first Japanese promoted to the position of commander, Wakata’s success represents both a proud moment for […]