The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced that astronaut Satoshi Furukawa falsified data about a scientific experiment.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) was forced to report that the data of the experiment, conducted by a research team led by 58-year-old astronaut and doctor Satoshi Furukawa, were fabrications. But the astronaut is unlikely to face harsh punishment.
In the JAXA experiment, eight people were confined to a closed room resembling a space station for two weeks. The aim of the study was to evaluate the mental states and stress levels of the participants under the responsibility of Satoshi Furukawa. It later turned out that there were cases of falsification and incorrect data, but JAXA did not explain exactly what was wrong.
He had spent 167 days aboard the International Space Station
JAXA also pointed out that the results of the experiment are not published in the form of a scientific article, so there is no violation of Japanese law that can be equated with data forgery or falsification. However, JAXA plans to punish those responsible, including Furukawa.
However, it is stated that this should not affect the plans to send the astronaut to the International Space Station (ISS) next year. It is worth noting that Furukawa is an experienced astronaut. He joined JAXA in 1999 and spent 167 days aboard the ISS in 2011.