Japan admits fabrication, altering data related to experiments on ISS

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Japan admits fabrication, altering data related to experiments on ISS

This photo released by Roscosmos Space Agency Press Service shows the International Space Station on March 30, 2022, photographed by the crew of a Russian Soyuz MS 19 spaceship after derocking from the station. The TOKYO Japan space agency admitted on Friday that one of its research teams fabricated and altered large amounts of data related to an experiment simulating life on the International Space Station ISS The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency JAXA said at a press conference that the research team, headed by Satoshi Furukawa, fabricated and altered large amounts of data related to the experiment simulating life on the space station.

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JAXA Vice President Hiroshi Sasaki said that Furukawa was responsible for the fraudulent actions of the team as he was supervising it.

Changes to Furukawa's planned mission to the ISS next year have not been considered, he said.

Sloppy management of the experiment has hurt the credibility of our research data, and the scientific value of research as a whole, he said.

The experiment was supposed to monitor and assess the mental health and stress levels of eight people who were confined in close quarters for around two weeks, replicating conditions on the space station.