Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide was born on December 28th, 1968 in Tokyo, Japan. He received a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Keio University in 1992, and a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Houston, Cullen College of Engineering in 1997. He is the third Japanese astronaut to walk in space and has flown on both the Space Shuttle and Soyuz spacecraft. He launches on April 23rd at 5:49 a.m. aboard the NASA SpaceX Crew-2 mission to the International Space Station.
“I have dreamt of becoming an astronaut since my childhood.”