Japanese space research team tampered with experimental data, space agency says

Japan’s space agency said on Friday that a research team headed by astronaut Satoshi Furukawa tampered with data from an experiment simulating life on the International Space Station, indicating that it would subject him to disciplinary action.

Although there are no changes to Furukawa’s scheduled voyage to the ISS around next year, the 58-year-old astronaut will be “appropriately” punished as he bore partial responsibility due to his supervisory role in the experiment, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said at a press conference.

JAXA said the team “fabricated” and “altered large amounts of data” concerning the psychological well-being of participants in the experiment.

The experiment involved 40 people confined to a closed environment for about two weeks at a facility in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo, between 2016 and 2017 to assess their stress levels and mental well-being. ...continue reading

Nov 26 (ANNnewsCH) - JAXA(宇宙航空研究開発機構)の古川聡(ふるかわ・さとし)宇宙飛行士(58)が責任者を務めた研究で、データに改ざんや捏造(ねつぞう)などがあったことが分かりました。  ...continue reading