Japanese scientists falsified data during simulation of flight to the ISS

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Japanese scientists falsified data while simulating a flight to the ISS

One of the Japanese astronauts who led the research, despite the falsifications, will still fly to the orbital station.

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The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has reported that a team of scientists, led by astronaut Satoshi Furukawa, falsified the results of an experiment designed to simulate everyday life aboard the ISS. The space agency will reprimand the astronaut, but he will still go to the space station next year, writes Gizmodo.

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JAXA said in a statement that the agency will subject Satoshi Furukawa to disciplinary action for falsifying data on the results of an experiment in which 40 people took part. During this experiment, people were in enclosed spaces that simulated conditions on a space station. The scientists checked people's condition and what they experienced during a simulated space flight.

The participants in the experiment spent about 2 weeks in a special facility in the city of Tsukuba, northeast of Japan's capital, Tokyo. According to the plan, the scientists had to assess the stress levels and mental health of the participants. To do this, the scientists had to conduct a survey at the end of the experiment.

But instead, the two scientists falsified the data on the condition of the participants in the experiment without conducting any surveys and included false information in the final report. In fact, these scientists themselves came up with what to write in the final results.

Japanese scientists falsified data during ISS flight simulation

Japanese scientists falsified data during the simulation of the flight to the ISS

But JAXA representatives began investigating after they saw that something was wrong with the final data. The $1.4 million experiment was not continued and was suspended. The scientists involved in the experiment said they were too busy to devote enough time to collecting data, according to JAXA representatives.

JAXA will issue a reprimand to 58-year-old astronaut Satoshi Furukawa, who led the experiment. But since he was not personally involved in the fabrication of the data, this will not affect his upcoming mission to the ISS in 2023.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency also said that it is now considering the possibility of returning the money received from the Japanese government for conducting experiment.

JAXA representatives said they will make every effort to ensure that this never happens again.

Focus has already written that JAXA in 2024 plans to send a spacecraft to explore the satellites of Mars. On one of them – Phobos, even a special all-terrain vehicle will descend, which will have to collect samples of local rock.

As Focus already wrote, as part of the NASA Artemis 1 lunar mission, the Orion spacecraft set the second distance record from Earth in a few days.