Akiyama and Afanasyev before flight.
Credit: RKK Energia
(1942-) Japanese journalist cosmonaut. Flew on Mir Kosmoreporter. First Japanese to fly in space.
Japanese journalist for TBS Tokyo Broadcasting System. He had also worked for the BBC in London (1967 - 1971). Flew into space on a commercial Japanese journalist flight. Reporter for the Japanese TBS Tokyo Broadcasting System. Deputy Director of the TBS News Division. Resigned in 1995 from TBS to pursue private interests.
Birth Place: Setagaya Ward.
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Spaceflights: 1 .
Total time in space: 7.91 days.
Cosmonaut Category of persons who have been trained for spaceflight in Russia. More...
Mir EO-7 Crew: Manakov, Strekalov. Carried out a relatively modest programme of geophysical and astrophysical research, biological and biotechnological experiments, and work on space-materials science. Backup crew: Afanasyev, Manarov. More...
Mir Kosmoreporter Crew: Akiyama. First Japanese astronaut. Mission to swap Soyuz lifeboats docked to station. Backup crew: Kikuchi. More...
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Mir The Mir space station was the last remnant of the once mighty Soviet space programme. It was built to last only five years, and was to have been composed of modules launched by Proton and Buran/Energia launch vehicles. These modules were derived from those originally designed by Chelomei in the 1960's for the Almaz military station programme. As the Soviet Union collapsed Mir stayed in orbit, but the final modules were years late and could only be completed with American financial assistance. Kept flying over a decade beyond its rated life, Mir proved a source of pride to the Russian people and proved the ability of their cosmonauts and engineers to improvise and keep operations going despite all manner of challenges and mishaps. More...
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1989 August 17 -
- Japanese Commercial Cosmonaut Training Group selected. - .
Nation: Japan. Related Persons: Akiyama; Kikuchi. Summary: Japanese journalists trained for a commercial flight to the Mir space station..
1990 December 2 -
08:13 GMT - .
. Launch Complex
: Baikonur LC1
. LV Family
. Launch Vehicle
: Soyuz 11A511U2
- Soyuz TM-11 - .
Call Sign: Derbent (Derbent - Russian city). Crew: Afanasyev; Akiyama; Manarov. Backup Crew: Artsebarsky; Kikuchi; Krikalyov. Payload: Soyuz TM 11F732 s/n 61. Mass: 7,150 kg (15,760 lb). Nation: USSR. Related Persons: Afanasyev; Akiyama; Manarov; Artsebarsky; Kikuchi; Krikalyov. Agency: MOM. Program: Mir. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spacecraft. Flight: Mir EO-8; Mir Kosmoreporter; Mir EO-7. Spacecraft: Soyuz TM. Duration: 175.08 days. Decay Date: 1991-05-26 . USAF Sat Cat: 20981 . COSPAR: 1990-107A. Apogee: 400 km (240 mi). Perigee: 367 km (228 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 92.20 min. Docked with Mir. Mir Expedition EO-08. Transported to the Mir manned orbital station the international crew consisting of the cosmonauts V M Afanasyev, M Kh Manarov, and T Akiyami (Japan) for the purpose of carrying out joint work with the cosmonauts G M Manakov and G M Strekalov. Launched jointly with the private Japanese company TBS. The Japanese television network ended up paying $ 28 million for the first commercial flight to Mir to put Akiyama, the first journalist in space aboard Soyuz TM-11. Akiyama made daily television broadcasts.
1990 December 10 -
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