Chiaki Mukai

Chiaki Mukai
Chiaki Mukai.jpg
Born (1952-05-06) May 6, 1952 (age 66)
Space career
NASDA/JAXA Astronaut
Time in space
23d 15h 39m
Selection1985 NASDA Group
MissionsSTS-65, STS-95
Mission insignia
Sts-65-patch.png Sts-95-patch.png

Chiaki Mukai (向井 千秋, Mukai Chiaki, born May 6, 1952, Tatebayashi, Gunma, Japan[1]) is a Japanese physician and JAXA astronaut.[2] She was the first Japanese woman in space, and was the first Japanese citizen to have two spaceflights.[1] Both were Space Shuttle missions; her first was STS-65 aboard Space Shuttle Columbia in July 1994, which was a Spacelab mission. Her second spaceflight was STS-95 aboard Space Shuttle Discovery in 1998. In total she has spent 23 days in space.

Mukai was selected to be an astronaut by Japanese national space agency NASDA (now called JAXA) in 1985. Prior to this, she was an assistant professor in the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Keio University, the oldest university in Japan. In 2015, she became Vice President of the Tokyo University of Science.[3] In addition, she became JAXA Technical Counselor.[2]


Mukai graduated from Keio Girls Senior High School in Tokyo, in 1971. She received her doctorate in medicine, Keio University School of Medicine, 1977; a doctorate in physiology, Keio University School of Medicine, 1988; board certified as a cardiovascular surgeon, Japan Surgical Society, 1989.[1]

Mukai is a member of the American Aerospace Medical Association; the Japan Society of Microgravity Applications; Japan Society of Aerospace and Environmental Medicine; Japanese Society for Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery; and the Japan Surgical Society.[1]

Other Languages
العربية: شياكي موكاي
asturianu: Chiaki Mukai
български: Чиаки Мукаи
català: Chiaki Mukai
čeština: Čiaki Mukaiová
Deutsch: Chiaki Mukai
español: Chiaki Mukai
français: Chiaki Mukai
Bahasa Indonesia: Chiaki Mukai
italiano: Chiaki Mukai
Malagasy: Chiaki Mukai
Nederlands: Chiaki Mukai
日本語: 向井千秋
polski: Chiaki Mukai
português: Chiaki Mukai
русский: Мукаи, Тиаки
svenska: Chiaki Mukai
українська: Мукай Тіакі
中文: 向井千秋