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Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-17-2009 12:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From Takao Doi's NASA biography:
Dr. Doi departed from NASA on June 30, 2009 and returned to JAXA. He [separated] from JAXA on September 13, 2009 in order to start his new appointment at the United Nations...
Kyodo News: Astronaut Doi becomes U.N. section chief
Japanese astronaut Takao Doi became a section chief at the U.N. Office for Outer Space Affairs in Vienna on Thursday, starting his two-year term as the first astronaut to work at the office.

Doi, 54, who was the first Japanese to go on a spacewalk in 1997, was selected for the post through open recruitment. He will be involved in work such as developing a system for providing observational data collected from satellites to countries affected by natural disasters and providing academic knowledge of space to the world. Saying he wants to use space technologies to better serve the world and to tell people about his experience as an astronaut, Doi also spoke of his plan to build a system for scientists from different countries to take part in researches at the International Space Station, which is scheduled be completed next year.

Delta7
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posted 09-17-2009 03:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Delta7   Click Here to Email Delta7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wonder if the recent addition of a JAXA astronaut-candidate was directly related to Doi's departure.

eurospace
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posted 09-18-2009 11:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Delta7:
I wonder if the recent addition of a JAXA astronaut-candidate was directly related to Doi's departure.
I rather suspect they noticed that long term missions on the ISS rather require crew members with a background in science than a background as a pilot. There is not an awful lot of piloting to be done on a space station, and the few there is is not done by Japanese crew members.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-18-2009 11:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
JAXA has an interest in having qualified pilot-astronauts as Japan moves slowly closer to introducing their own first crewed spacecraft, a potential follow-on to the HTV.

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