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Soichi Noguchi is a Japanese aeronautical engineer and JAXA astronaut and visited the International Space Station back in 2005 as a Mission Specialist aboard STS-114. Most may recognize him from his third flight aboard the Dragon 2 capsule for the SpaceX Crew-1 mission which launched successfully on November 15, 2020. This makes him just one of only three astronauts to fly on three different launch systems and one of three to fly an orbital mission on three different launch systems. Read more for a video and amazing shots of Earth he captured from the ISS.
Noguchi’s astronaut journey began in June 1996 when he was selected as a candidate by the National Space Development Agency of Japan (now part of JAXA). By August 1996, he reported to NASA’s Johnson Space Center for NASA astronaut training. He qualified as a mission specialist after just two years, and received training on Russian space systems at Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center before being assigned to technical support for the Japanese Experiment Module of the International Space Station.
- Bring to life the rocket launch that took humans to the moon with the meter-high (approximately 1: 110 scale) model rocket of the NASA Apollo Saturn V
- The Saturn V rocket kit includes 3 removable rocket stages (first, s-ii second, and s-ivb third) below the launch escape system, command and service module; Plus, there are 2 minifigures to accompany the Lunar Lander and splashdown rocket toy
- After building the Saturn V rocket, you can display the spacecraft horizontally with 3 stands; The Lunar Lander docks with the command and service modules while the Lunar Orbiter sends the rocket into space
- Recreate space adventures with this NASA toy and action figures based off of the included booklet about the manned Apollo Moon missions and the fan designers of this build and play set
- This spaceship toy measures over 39-inches (100cm) high and 6-inches (17cm) in diameter; It includes 1,969 pieces and is ideal for boys and girls 14 years or older
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