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The Mainichi Daily News reports that STS-131 mission specialist Naoko Yamazaki resigned today from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
Astronaut Naoko Yamazaki said in a press conference Wednesday that she wants to work as a freelance outer space educator after resigning from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency the same day.

"Instead of me going to outer space again, I want to see more people travel there in the future," she said, adding she wants to take up work that will help familiarize people with space flight.

Yamazaki said she pondered her work and personal life for nearly a year before deciding to spend more time with her family. "I would like to give my full attention to my family for some time," she added.

The Japan Times reports that Yamazaki had been on a long leave from JAXA since December to serve as a part-time researcher at the University of Tokyo.
She became the second female Japanese astronaut to fly into outer space in 2010. Yamazaki was also the first Japanese mother to crew a space shuttle and serve on the International Space Station.
She is due to give birth to her second child in late October. She had her first child, a girl, in 2002.

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