Authentic JAXA Astronaut K. Wakata Spacesuit Patch Set ISS Expedition- 18

Authentic JAXA Astronaut K. Wakata Spacesuit Patch Set ISS Expedition- 18

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Original, authentic, spare nametag and flag set of patches made for the flight suit of Japanese astronaut k. Wakata for his Expedition 18 to ISS, made by Kentaur- the manufacturer of space wardrobe used by cosmonauts and astronauts on International Space Station (ISS). 

Absolutely the same nametag were attached to the  Wakata's flight suit.

Excellent Condition.

In February 2007, Wakata was assigned as a flight engineer to ISS Expedition 18, scheduled to begin in winter of 2008. He launched with the crew of STS-119  and was the first resident station crew member from the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). He served as Flight Engineer 2 on Expedition 18, Expedition 19 and Expedition 20, before returning home as a Mission Specialist on STS-127.

Wakata was the first Japanese astronaut to take part in a long duration mission on the station.

Wakata is the first person to serve on five different crews without returning to Earth: STS-119, Expedition 18, Expedition 19, Expedition 20 and STS-127.  During his time on the station, he took part in experiments suggested by the public, including flying a "magic carpet", folding laundry and push ups.

As an experiment on the station, he wore the same special underpants for a month without washing them. Wakata returned to Earth in July 2009 aboard Endeavour with the  STS-127 crew after being a flight engineer on the station. American and Canadian astronauts aboard STS-127 delivered and installed the final two components of the Japanese Experiment Module: the Exposed Facility (JEM-EF), and the Exposed Section (JEM-ES). ( info from Wikipedia)

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