Name: Naoko Yamazaki
Hails from: Japan
Occupation: Astronaut for JAXA (Japan’s national aerospace agency)
Known for: Flying high. As of this morning, Yamazaki is now the second Japanese woman to fly in space. She joined NASA’s STS-131 mission to the International Space Station aboard space shuttle Discovery, which successfully launched today with only one minor snag:
File Yamazaki under: our growing list of hot space Amazians, as well as people whose achievements we should be hiding from our parents because they realized the dreams we were supposed to (and made it look easy).
Let’s all look forward to her safe return to earth on April 18!
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