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Japan wants to put a man on the Moon by 2030


Posted on Friday, 30 June, 2017 | Comment icon 11 comments

Which country will be first to return to the Moon ? Image Credit: NASA
Japan's Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is aiming to scale up its manned space exploration program.
While NASA, ESA and SpaceX have been setting their sights firmly on Mars, Japan has been planning its own manned mission to somewhere a little closer to home - the Moon.

The endeavour, which will be the first time Japan has ever committed to sending an astronaut beyond the International Space Station, would first focus on helping NASA construct a new space station in orbit around the Moon as part of its ongoing efforts to send humans to Mars.
Once the lunar space station was complete, Japan would use it as a stepping stone to send its own astronauts down to the Moon's surface, perhaps even as part of a joint landing effort.

If everything goes according to plan, it will be the fist time any human has set foot on the Moon in more than 60 years. The last man to walk on the Moon, Gene Cernan, died earlier this year.

NASA, meanwhile, will be aiming to land its own astronauts on Mars sometime around 2033.

Source: Phys.org | Comments (11)


Tags: Japan, JAXA, Moon


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by RoofGardener on 30 June, 2017, 14:11
Because it's there ? 
Comment icon #3 Posted by quiXilver on 30 June, 2017, 14:22
Nice!
Comment icon #4 Posted by RoofGardener on 30 June, 2017, 14:22
Intriguing... having read the article, I know realise that they are looking to set up a joint spacestation in permanent lunar orbit as a preliminary step to an actual moon landing.  From a scientific perspective, that could be colossal !
Comment icon #5 Posted by Merc14 on 30 June, 2017, 16:52
So their lander would be designed to operate from the proposed space station rather than like the Apollo lander that drops from a capsule.?
Comment icon #6 Posted by highdesert50 on 1 July, 2017, 16:29
Wonderful ... inspire youth, motivate the sciences, invent new technologies, create new industry, and rekindle the sense of adventure that makes us special.
Comment icon #7 Posted by RoofGardener on 1 July, 2017, 17:45
That's my understanding, @Merc14 . I think it's a terrific idea, and I thoroughly approve !
Comment icon #8 Posted by Adampadum123 on 2 July, 2017, 2:32
I believe it's much safer to send technology advanced machinery to the moon than humans space is hard on the body not to mention the dangers out there.the reason why the moon landings stopped is because NASA said it is safer to send robotics
Comment icon #9 Posted by Merc14 on 2 July, 2017, 2:40
I do as well, it is what we should have been doing years ago but I wish I had more details.Love this stuff and wish Japan all the luck in the world.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 2 July, 2017, 21:29
Totally untrue. The reason the moon landings stopped was because the Nixon administration cut the funding and re-directed NASA to build the space shuttle.
Comment icon #11 Posted by RoofGardener on 20 July, 2017, 7:06
A very good point Waspie_dwarf. After all, how many "robots" have been sent to the moon since the original landings ? Very few, I would suggest ? So obviously the agenda was NOT to replace manned missions with robots.


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