Saturday, 1 July 2017
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has announced that they plan to put the first Japanese astronaut on the moon by 2030 as part of the overarching mission from NASA and other space agencies to build a permanent space station in lunar orbit.
The announcement came during a Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology panel that aired on the public broadcasting network NHK. JAXA will release a more concrete blueprint of their lunar ambitions next week.
Instead, Tokyo intends to join the international effort to colonize the moon and in the process get their first-ever astronaut on its surface. Only 12 men have ever walked on the moon, all Americans, and none since the 1972 Apollo 17 mission.
NASA hopes to change that as part of their new 2017 budget, which saw a big boost in their funding in exchange for a Congressional order for them to place a man on Mars by 2033. NASA intends to fulfill this goal in three stages.
As for Japan, many see them to be in competition with Asia’s other two largest economies: China and South Korea. In addition to their lunar ambitions, China also intends to send a rover to Mars in the early 2020s. India meanwhile plans to send a probe to the moon in 2018. Both of them have planted flags on the moon, while Japan has not.
Source by: Internet