Astronaut Soichi Noguchi
Soichi Noguchi was born in 1965, in Yokohama, Kanagawa. He received Master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1991. He joined Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (IHI) in 1991, where he was involved in the aerodynamic design and performance testing of aircraft engines.
He was selected to be an astronaut candidate by the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA, currently Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) in May 1996 and joined NASDA in June 1996. He completed two years of NASA astronaut candidate training at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas. He was qualified as a Mission Specialist (MS) in April 1998. He participated in the basic training course for Russian manned space systems at Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Russia in 1998. He then continued MS advanced training at JSC and was also assigned technical duties to support the Japanese Experiment Module (Kibo) development tests.
In April 2001, he was assigned to space shuttle flight of STS-114, Utilization and Logistics Flight. He is currently under training at NASA to prepare for the mission.