The ninth ASTRO-H Science Working Group Meeting was held at the Tsukuba Space Center from 18-22 February. Once ASTRO-H has been launched, the initial phase of operations will be spent verifying how well the instruments on-board the spacecraft meet the performance expectations they have been designed to meet. To this end, the meeting had the important goal of preparing for this performance verification phase. The meeting was spent in discussions of which astronomical targets are best suited to making these verifications. Also discussed were the kinds of results to be expected from these observations, based on the designed-for performance of the instruments. In this way, the science working group is getting prepared to make a proper evaluation of the actual performance of the instruments. A great many foreign researchers, including members of NASA, participated in the discussions, which were divided into separate groups. The discussions were climactic! During a break in the sessions, researchers were able to see the ASTRO-H satellite, which is currently on-site at Tsukuba Space Center. Many foreign researchers were surprised at the large size of the satellite!"