Tsukuba Space Center

Tsukuba Space Center

H-II rocket at the TKSC
Inside the Space Station Test Building (2005)

Tsukuba Space Center (TKSC) is the operations facility and headquarters for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) located in Tsukuba Science City in Ibaraki Prefecture. The facility opened in 1972 and serves as the primary location for Japan's space operations and research programs. Japanese astronauts involved in the International Space Station are trained in part here in addition to the training they receive at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, in Houston, Texas.

The TKSC offers tours of the facility as well as an exhibit hall which features models of the H-II Transfer Vehicle and a full-sized mock-up of the KIBO module on the International Space Station.[1]

See also


  1. ^ "Exhibit Hall". JAXA. 


  • Official website
  • TKSC Exhibit Hall