Japan’s space agency announces first new astronauts since 2009

Japan's new H3 rocket is seen after the cancellation of its launch at the Tanegashima Space Center located on Tanegashima island, Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan, 17 February 2023. EFE-EPA/JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/

Tokyo, Feb 28 (EFE).- The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced its first new astronaut candidates since 2009 on Tuesday. World Bank senior disaster risk reduction specialist Makoto Suwa, 46, and Japanese Red Cross Medical Center surgeon Ayu Yoneda, 28 were selected from a record 4,127 applicants in JAXA recruitment’s process conducted since April 2022. … Read more