Gundam Models to be Launched into Space Inspected by Astronauts before Tokyo Olympics

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Less than a year before the official launching of the much anticipated Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic games which is set to begin on the 24th of July 2020, millions of tourists and sports enthusiasts all over the globe are looking forward to witness the monumental sports event. The Japanese government are currently preoccupied in its preparation to ensure public safety and orderliness during the course of the entire Olympic games.


In order to further promote the Olympic hype and boost the excitement of both spectators and participants, the organizing committee of the multi national event in coordination with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), plans to launch into space satellite that carries with it models of Gundam robot and his rival Zaku.


Before the remarkable satellite will be set in motion, Japanese astronauts Soichi Noguchi and Norishige Kanai paid a visit to Bandai Hobby Center, the factory manufacturing models of Gundam models from the popular animation series “Mobile Suit Gundam” Noguchi and Kanai were selected by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) among the astronauts to execute this exciting mission to the International Space Station.


Both Noguchi and Kanai are enthusiastic to launch the “Mobile Suit Gundam” bound for space. When they visited Bandai Hobby Center in the city of Shizuoka, they interviewed one of the factory staff about specialized materials that can withstand the unpredictable space conditions. They also asked whether the models can withstand radiation as well as ultraviolet rays.

After the said visit, Norishige Kanai who used to play with his Gundam when he was a child said that “It’s like reliving a childhood dream. It is a great project that is very Japanese.” He is definitely excited to see the Gundam models being launch in outerspace. According to him. “I want to see how the models look in zero gravity.”


Reference: Japanese astronauts visit factory making ‘Mobile Suit Gundam’ models bound for space


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