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Akihiko Hoshide
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Born December 28, 1968 (1968-12-28) (age 52)
Status Active
Nationality Japanese
Occupation Engineer
Space career
NASDA/JAXA Astronaut
Time in space
Currently in space
Selection 1999 NASDA Group
Missions STS-124, Soyuz TMA-05M, Expedition 32
Mission insignia
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'Akihiko Hoshide (星出 彰彦 , Hoshide Akihiko, born December 28, 1968), also known as Aki, is a Japanese engineer and an astronaut with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). He was born in 1968 in Tokyo, but grew up in New Jersey in the United States.

He studied at the United World College of South East Asia in Singapore. In 1992, he earned a degree from Keio University in Japan. In 1997, he was awarded a Master of Science degree at the University of Houston in Texas.

Japan's National Space Development Agency (NASDA) accepted Hoshide into the astronaut training program in 1999. He first trip to the International Space Station was in May 2008. His second trip to the International Space Station was in July 2012.

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