A souvenir entrusted with the thoughts of each region for recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, including the olive seeds handed over to Mayor Yukihide Matsumoto and Mayor Naraha from the Greek Ambassador to Japan, Konstantin Cacusis, at the Greek Ambassador’s residence in Tokyo last November. The Falcon 9 rocket-Dragon supply ship carrying the Falcon 9 was launched from the NASA Kennedy Space Center on Friday, June 4, at 2:29 am (Japan time).
Naraha Town, Fukushima Prefecture, was registered as a “Thank You for Reconstruction Host Town” in September last year with Greece as its partner country. The olive seeds launched into space this time were collected from the International Space Station (ISS) from the 42 municipalities of Fukushima, Miyagi, and Iwate’s three affected prefectures through the “Tohoku Reconstruction Space Mission” project of the General Foundation One Earth. He will travel in space with a message of gratitude and will return to Earth in July this year. After returning, the olive seeds will be planted in Naraha Town, and they are also aiming to plant trees in Greece.
[Video showing the launch at NASA Kennedy Space Center]
Video: © NASA
photos: Junko Nagata © GreeceJapan.com
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