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Launching into the New Space Age with Naoko Yamazaki
9:00am - 10:00am ET

The future of outer space is congested, contested, and competitive. We are entering a new space age, where new actors are developing launch capabilities previously only available to some nation states; emerging technologies are broadening the horizons of space exploration; and competition is growing between great powers and major corporations alike. But space also remains a place of wonder and exploration, international cooperation, and endless possibilities.

On May 26, we’ll welcome our Visiting Fellow, former Japanese astronaut, space policy advisor, and director of the Space Port Japan Association Naoko Yamazaki, to discuss what defines the new space age; how countries can continue to maintain a peaceful and cooperative space; how scientists and engineers can advocate for the protection of the shared commons of space; how “space ports” and space tourism are changing the future of transportation; and more.

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Naoko Yamazaki headshotNaoko Yamazaki is an astronaut and space policy expert. She earned a Master of Engineering degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1996, then started working for Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). In 1999, she was selected as an astronaut candidate, and went on to qualify as a Soyuz-TMA Flight Engineer in 2004 and NASA Mission Specialist in 2006.  On April 5, 2010, Yamazaki was aboard Space Shuttle Discovery as part of the crew of STS-131, an assembly and resupply mission to the International Space Station.  Yamazaki retired from JAXA in 2011 and has served as a member of the Japan Space Policy Committee since 2012, a Chairman of “Sorajo (Women in Aerospace)” under the Japan Rocket Society since 2015, and a representative director and co-founder of the Space Port Japan Association since 2018.

Image credit: NASA