Keio Graduate Akihiko Hoshide's Second Space Mission! Public Viewing of the Launch at Yagami Campus
Updated August 01, 2012
A public viewing of the launch of the Soyuz spacecraft carrying Keio graduate and JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide on his second mission to space was held at Yagami Campus on Sunday, July 15. Four years since his first mission on the Space Shuttle Discovery in June 2008, Hoshide, a graduate of the Department of Mechanical Engineering (Maeda and Hishida Laboratory) at Keio’s Faculty of Science and Technology, boarded the Soyuz spacecraft as a member of the 32nd and 33rd long-duration expeditions bound for the International Space Station (ISS). At the viewing, students, alumni, and friends of Keio watched a live webcast of the launch.
Although it was a Sunday, around 180 people and a large number of reporters gathered for the event. There were speeches from Professor Tojiro Aoyama, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology,Professor Yuichiro Anzai, former President of Keio University, and Masanobu Maeda, Professor Emeritus of Keio University. Ten minutes before the launch, Associate Professor Naohiko Kohtake(Graduate School of System Design and Management) read the following message from Hoshide:
I am looking forward to returning to Kibo, the Japanese Experiment Module. I will
do my best throughout the four-and-a-half-month mission, so that one day in the
future, a time will come when all of you can visit space, too. I encourage you all to
follow your dreams, and always challenge yourselves!
The atmosphere at the venue was electric as the countdown to the launch began.
The launch went ahead as scheduled at 11:40 am, and as images of the Soyuz taking off with a thundering roar were projected on the screen, the venue resounded with cheers and applause. Then, about nine minutes after the launch,the venue was again filled with more sounds of celebration when the announcement confirming the launch as successful was given. Professor Koichi Hishida(Department of System Design Engineering) then gave a speech, after which everyone joined in to sing one of Keio’s school songs,Wakaki Chi,and give three cheers for Hoshide under the lead of Keio Cheerleading Teamalumnus Shinpei Sumihara (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering).
Dean Aoyama gives an opening address
Professor YuichiroAnzai, Former President of Keio University
Professor Emeritus Maeda, Hoshide’s former academic advisor
Associate Professor Kohtake reads Hoshide’s message
The moment of the launch
Professor Hishida, Hoshide’s former academic advisor
Analumnusof the Cheerleading Team leads the singing of Keio song 'Wakaki Chi'