Soichi Noguchi : biography
Soichi Noguchi was born in 1965 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. He considers Chigasaki, Kanagawa, Japan, to be his hometown. He holds flight instructor certificate as CFII and MEI. Noguchi was a Boy Scout. He is married and has three children. His hobbies include jogging, basketball, skiing and camping.
spacewalk.]] During mission's second spacewalk STS-114 astronaut Soichi Noguchi waves from the Shuttle payload bay. After graduation, Noguchi worked for Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries, assigned to the research and development department of their Aero-Engine and Space Operations division. He worked on aerodynamic design of commercial engines.
Noguchi was selected as an astronaut candidate by the National Space Development Agency of Japan (now part of JAXA) in June 1996. In August 1996, he reported to NASA's Johnson Space Center for NASA astronaut training. Noguchi qualified as a mission specialist after two years, and received training on Russian space systems at Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in 1998. He was assigned to technical support for the Japanese Experiment Module of the International Space Station and then, in April 2001, to the crew of STS-114 as a Mission Specialist.
Noguchi flew to the ISS on Soyuz TMA-17 on December 20, 2009. He served as a primary crew member (as Flight Engineer) of Expedition 22 and Expedition 23. While in space, he took many photographs of Earth which he via Twitter. He returned to Earth on 2 June 2010.
Noguchi graduated from Chigasaki-Hokuryo High School, in Chigasaki, in 1984, and then studied at the University of Tokyo, earning a bachelor's degree in 1989 and a master's degree in 1991, both in Aeronautical Engineering.
Noguchi voices himself in episode 13 and 26 of the anime series, Uchū Kyōdai, which aired on June 24, 2012 and September 29, 2012 respectively.http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2012-05-12/astronaut/yamato-fan-noguchi-plays-himself-in-space-brothers
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