And this is a full-scale model of the Japanese ISS module. The thing looking like a trailer is really attached to the ISS and it's some sort of particle detector.
And this is a full scale model of the famous Hayabusa 2, which just finished exploring Ryugu and is currently on its way back to deliver its precious cargo of asteroid samples in a re-entry capsule by December 2020.
I thought Hayabusa 2 itself would disintegrate in our atmosphere after completing it's mission, but apparently it has enough propellent on board for an extended mission until 2029. Go on and explore, Hayabusa!
A lineup of the Japanese launch vehicles. The largest one is the upcoming H3, whose maiden flight is scheduled later this year. It is 63m tall, weights 570t and... still not reusable :-(
Even the early satellites of the '70s and '80s were enormous. I can't convey their true size with these shots.
JAXA Tsukuba Space Center is pure porn for space nerds.
So many places I want to see in #Japan, yet so little time for travel 😲
Japan's Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) has an information booth to introduce us to their the friendly drug sniffing dog mascot Kasutamu-kun (Custom-boy).
You can see the Golden Gate back in the distance. What an amazing city...
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