Japanese astronaut gives shout-out to S'pore from the International Space Station

Ground control to Commander Hoshide.

Sulaiman Daud | May 11, 2021, 11:35 PM

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A Japanese astronaut gave a shout-out to Singapore, and the school he once attended, from all the way up in space.

Commander Hoshide

Akihiko Hoshide is an engineer and astronaut with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

On April 25, The Japan Times reported that Hoshide and three other astronauts went up to the International Space Station (ISS) on a commercial SpaceX ship, successfully docking.

Hoshide will serve as commander of the ISS and a mission specialist. The previous ISS crew were up in space for six months.

Singaporean connection

Hoshide has a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Keio University, a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Houston, Cullen College of Engineering.

However, he apparently also studied in Singapore.

Hoshide included the hashtag #UWCSEA, which refers to the United World Colleges South East Asia located on Dover Road.

Top image from ISS website and Akihiko Hoshide's Twitter page.