ISS-22/23 Flight Engineer,
Soyuz TM Flight Engineer,
JAXA ASTRONAUT, Japan
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: Born on April 15, 1965 in Jokohama, Kanagawa,
Japan, but considers Chigasaki, Kanagawa Japan, to be his hometown.
EDUCATION: Received a bachelor of engineering degree in aeronautical
engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1989, and a master of engineering
degree in aeronautical engineering from the same University in 1991.
FAMILY STATUS: married. Has two children.
HOBBY: Basketball, going at a jog-trot, skiing camping.
HONORS: Space Flight Medal, NASA.
From April 1991 Noguchi worked at Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries
Co., Ltd (IHI), namely in the Aerodynamics Group, Research and Development
Department, aero-engines and space programs.
On May 29, 1996 he was selected by the National Space Development Agency
of Japan (NASDA) for astronaut corps.
From August 1996 to April 1998 he passed general space training at
the Johnson Space Center. Noguchi got qualification as a mission specialist
and was assigned to the Astronaut Office Payloads/Habitability Branch.
From July 14 to August 7, 1998 he participated in the basic training
course for Russian manned space systems at Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center.
On October 1992 he was assigned a lead of NASDA astronaut corps at
the Astronaut Office, Tsukuba Science City.
In 1996-1998 he passed a course of general space training at the Johnson
Space Center, together with NASA astronauts (16th selection) and was qualified
as a Shuttle mission specialist.
On April 12, 2001 he was assigned as a mission specialist to the crew
of the Endeavour Shuttle (STS-113) and then transferred to the Atlantis
Shuttle (STS-114). After the Columbus Shuttle accident all flights were
postponed and the crews were reorganized. The crew of STS-114 was transferred
to the Discovery Shuttle.
He performed his first space flight from July 26 to August 9, 2005 as
mission-1 specialist in the crew of STS-114 Discovery the first flight
after the Columbus Shuttle accident.
During the flight he performed three space walks of the following duration:
6 hr 50 min on July 30, 2005, 7 hr 14 min on August 1, 2005 and 6 hr 1
min on August 3, 2005.
The total mission duration was 13 days 21 hr 32 min 22 s.
In January 2006 Noguchi began to train at Gagarin Cosmonaut Training
In August by the joint decision of Roscosmos and NASA he was included
in the ISS-16 backup crew. The same month he began to study the Soyuz TMA
spacecraft systems. Later he was removed from the ISS-16 backup crew.
On January 16-27, 2007 in the forest terrain 30 km from Moscow he took
part in training to survive within the preliminary crew, together with
Salizhan Sharipov (Russia) and Koichi Wakata (Japan).
On February 13, 2007 by NASA decision he was assigned as the backup
crew flight engineer for Expedition 18 to the ISS.
In January 2008 it was reported that Noguchi was assigned to the prime
crew of Expedition 22 to the ISS. On September 21, 2008 his assignment
was confirmed by the ISS flight plan published by Roscosmos press-service.
On November 21, 2008 his assignment was officially confirmed by NASA (press-release
¹08-306) when the ISS-20 - ISS-26 crew members were declared.
Based on data of site www.astronaut.ru