Takuya Onishi (大西 卓哉 Ōnishi Takuya, born 1975) is a Japanese astronaut selected for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in 2009. He spent four months onboard the International Space Station in 2016.
Soyuz MS-01 begins expedition 48 by carrying Roscosmos cosmonaut Anatoli Ivanishin, JAXA astronaut Takuya Onishi, and NASA astronaut Kate Rubins to the International Space Station. After launching aboard the Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, they will rendezvous to the station where they will remain for their 4 month stay.Low Earth Orbit
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is Japan's national aero-space agency. Through the merger of three previously independent organizations, JAXA was formed on 1 October 2003. JAXA is responsible for research, technology development and the launch of satellites into orbit, and is involved in many more advanced missions, such as asteroid exploration and possible manned exploration of the Moon. JAXA launch their Epsilon vehicle from the Uchinoura Space Center and their H-II vehicles from the Tanegashima Space Center.