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Japanese Astronaut to visit Canada

posted on 9:01 AM, September 5, 2011
To commemorate the 25th Anniversary of Canada-Japan Science and Technology Cooperation, distinguished Japanese astronaut Dr. Mamoru Mohri, currently the Chief Executive Director of the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) in Tokyo, will visit Canada this month.  Dr. Mohri will participate in speaking engagements and events to be held in various venues in Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver from September 20 - 24.

Born in Hokkaido, Mohri earned degrees in chemistryand a Doctorate from Flinders University in South Australia in 1976.

Most of Mohri's work has been in the field of materials and vacuum sciences. From 1975 to 1985, Mohri was a member of the nuclear engineering faculty of Hokkaido University, where he worked on nuclear fusion related projects.

Mohri was selected to train as a payload specialistfor a Japanese materials science payload. He flew his first space mission aboard STS-47in 1992 as chief payload specialist for Spacelab-J. Mohri subsequently made another trip into space as part of mission STS-99 in 2000.

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