ISS-22/23 Flight Engineer,
Soyuz TM Flight Engineer,
JAXA Astronaut, Japan
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH:
Born on April 4, 1964 in Jokohama, Kanagawa, Japan.
EDUCATION: Received a Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Tokyo
in 1989, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Medical Science from the
same school in 2000.
FAMILY STATUS: married, has two children (a boy and a girl).
HOBBY: Baseball, bowling, music and travelling.
From June 1989 to June 1990 he worked as a hospital physician in the
Department of Surgery at the University of Tokyo, as well as the Department
of Anesthesiology at JR Tokyo General Hospital.
From June 1990 to June 1991 Furukawa worked as a hospital physician
at the Department of Surgery at Ibaraki Prefectural Central Hospital.
From June 1991 to April 1994 he worked as a surgeon at the same hospital.
From 1994 to 1997 Furukawa worked as a surgeon at different hospitals
in different prefectures.
Since June 1997 Furukawa works in the 1st Department of Surgery, the
Chair of Medicine, at the University of Tokyo.
On February 10, 1999 he was selected by the National Space Development
Agency of Japan (NASDA) as the Japanese astronaut candidate.
From April 1999 to January 24, 2001 he passed general space training
at NASDA Astronaut Office, Tsukuba Science City and was certified as an
From July 5, 1999 Furukawa took part in a week sea training held on
the Black Sea Coast in Kudepsta, together with the Russian cosmonauts.
From August 26 to September 6, 2002 he was engaged in training (under
the ISS flight program) at the European Astronaut Centre EAC, Cologne,
In January and March 2003 he participated in the second training session
on the Kibo Module hardware.
From July to September 2003 he passed training on the Soyuz TMA SC
simulator in Russia.
In November 2003 he was engaged in the development of the Kibo Module/ISS
docking procedure related to EVA.
From June 2004 he passed training at the Johnson Space Center.
On February 10, 2006 Furukawa was certified by NASA as a mission specialist,
and assigned to the ISS and Robotics Departments of the Astronaut Office
the Johnson Space Center. After certification as MS he remained to work
in Houston to perform operations related to the prelaunch processing of
the Japan Experimental Module - JEM.
On May 14, 2008 JAXA declared of the achievement of the preliminary
agreement between the ISS program participants and Furukawa assignment
to in the backup crew of Expedition 22 to the ISS.
On December 17, 2008 the Japan Aerospace Agency JAXA declared that
Furukawa will participate in a half-year expedition to the ISS scheduled
for spring 2011. In July 2009 it was reported that he was assigned to the
backup crew of Expedition 26 to the ISS and to the prime crew of Expedition
28 to the ISS. On October 7, 2009 his assignment was confirmed by NASA
(release ¹ 09-233).
Based on the data of site www.astronaut.ru. and www.nasa.gov.