(ASRI 2024) Journey to promote Records in Asia - P06 - Chiaki Mukai: The First Asian Woman in Space


(Worldkings.org) Chiaki Mukai - born May 6, 1952, in Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture, Japan - is a physician and astronaut of JAXA. She is the first Japanese woman to go to space and the first Japanese citizen to have two spaceflights.

Chiaki mukai 1995 | First female astronaut, Female pilot, Astronaut

Mukai received her Doctor of Medicine degree in 1977 and her Doctor of Philosophy degree in physiology in 1988 from Keio University School of Medicine in Tokyo. Before being selected as an astronaut by the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA, now JAXA) in 1985, she was an assistant professor in the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Keio University, the oldest university in Japan.

Mukai first flew to space as a payload specialist on mission STS-65 aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia on July 8, 1994. She participated in several scientific and medical experiments, housed in a Spacelab module in Columbia's cargo bay. STS-65 returned to Earth on July 23, 1994, after spending 15 days in space.

MUKAI Chiaki Astronauts | JAXA Human Spaceflight Technology Directorate

After serving as a backup payload specialist for mission STS-90 in 1998, Mukai flew to space for the second time aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery on October 29, 1998, as a payload specialist on mission STS-95. On this mission, the crew conducted over 80 scientific experiments related to medical and materials research in a microgravity environment.

MUKAI Chiaki Astronauts | JAXA Human Spaceflight Technology Directorate
Mukai became the first Japanese citizen to fly twice to space; STS-95 landed safely on November 7, 1998.


Chiaki Mukai, with her diverse career and remarkable achievements, has paved the way for many other women and Asians to pursue their dreams in the field of aerospace. She is not only a role model for women worldwide but also a symbol of progress and relentless exploration.


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