Japan Plans To Join U.s.-led Moon Station Project

Japan plans to join U.S.-led moon station project

The Japanese government on Tuesday approved a plan to join a U.S.-proposed project to build a new space station in the moon's orbit, hoping for a chance to send Japanese astronauts to the lunar surface for the first time.

Under its basic space policy roadmap, Japan is looking to contribute to the U.S.-led project, which is expected to be completed in the latter half of the 2020s, with its unmanned cargo ship and technology to prevent space radiation.

Japan To Offer Technical Boost For Manned Moon Mission

Japan to offer technical boost for manned moon mission

In the hopes of securing a spot for a Japanese astronaut to go to the moon, Japan will offer technical assistance to an international manned lunar exploration project that was announced by NASA.

The Committee of National Space Policy of the Cabinet Office decided to proceed with the project for technical assistance on Dec. 1, which will be included in the Basic Plan on Space Policy that is scheduled for revision soon.

Govt Eyes Manned Lunar Surface Mission

Govt eyes manned lunar surface mission

The Yomiuri ShimbunThe government plans to launch a project to send astronauts to the moon's surface on an exploration mission in cooperation with a similar U.S. space project, sources close to the government said.

Japan hopes to join the U.S. project to construct a spaceport in lunar orbit in the latter half of the 2020s, in an effort to realize a lunar surface exploration mission by a Japanese astronaut. The government plans to submit a draft report on the project to a meeting of a governmental panel of space policy experts.

Japanese Astronaut Noguchi To Join Iss Mission Again From 2019

Japanese astronaut Noguchi to join ISS mission again from 2019

Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi will stay at the International Space Station for about six months as part of the next ISS mission starting around the end of 2019, Japan's space agency said Tuesday.

It will be the third ISS mission for the 52-year-old astronaut following his earlier expeditions in 2005 and 2009. His training for the mission will start in Japan and the United States from Nov. 20.

Japan To Launch Climate Research Satellite In December

Japan to launch climate research satellite in December

Japan will launch a climate research satellite in December to analyze and forecast global warming-linked environmental changes, the science ministry said Friday.

The satellite, named Shikisai, will be placed in orbit 800 kilometers above the ground from where it will conduct long-term monitoring of cloud cover, levels of dust and aerosols in the atmosphere as well as ocean color, vegetation, snow and ice cover on the earth's surface.

Japan's Satellite Hinode Captures Epic Total Eclipse Crossing U.s.

Japan's satellite Hinode captures epic total eclipse crossing U.S.

The solar observational satellite Hinode captured images of the first total solar eclipse to unfold from coast to coast in the United States in a century on Aug. 21.

Photos of the once-in-a-lifetime spectacle were taken by an X-ray telescope on the Hinode for about 15 minutes while the satellite was passing off the West Coast, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

Behind The Scenes / Rockets Take Off Toward Commercialization

Behind the Scenes / Rockets take off toward commercialization

By Eiji Noyori and Kazuhiko Makita / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WritersOn July 30, Interstellar Technologies Inc., a start-up company based in Taiki, Hokkaido, conducted its first launch of a small rocket aiming for outer space. The rocket could not reach its target, but Interstellar Technologies expects to overcome that challenge in the next trial or later. There has been vigorous work in Japan's private sector to develop rockets that can reach space, and hopes for commercialization will be put to the test.

The small MOMO rocket, about 10 meters in length, was sent up in the evening from a test launch site in Taiki. However, about a minute into the flight, a malfunction occurred in which the rocket stopped transmitting location data, causing the engine to be shut off. It is estimated to have reached a maximum height of about 20 kilometers, which is far below the goal of outer space, which is 100 kilometers above the Earth.

Japan Launches 2nd Satellite To Improve Gps Services

Japan launches 2nd satellite to improve GPS services

Japan put a second satellite into orbit Thursday to enhance the precision of its global positioning system used in smartphones and car navigation equipment.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. launched an H-2A rocket carrying the government's quasi-zenith satellite Michibiki No. 2 in the morning from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan.

Photo: Up, Up And Away!

Up, up and away!

Visitors to the FlyStation Japan sports facility experience the thrill of "indoor skydiving" in a wind tunnel in Koshigaya, Saitama Prefecture. Strong wind blows upward in the tunnel, which is about 20 meters high and 4.5 meters in diameter. Participants can enjoy the sensation of flying through the air by changing their body position.

Confirming J-alert System In Case Of Missile Test

Confirming J-ALERT system in case of missile testJapan's government is asking officials of local administrations, major railways, and telecommunications companies to confirm the integrity of their parts of the national emergency alert system.
The precaution follows the test-launch of a missile by North Korea on February 12th.

Jaxa Lunar Orbiter Confirms Earth’s Oxygen Lands On Moon

JAXA lunar orbiter confirms Earth’s oxygen lands on moonLong a mystery of lunar science, the presence of oxygen on the surface of the moon has been known to scientists but not its origin.
Now, a team of Japanese researchers has confirmed that oxygen carried from Earth by the "Earth wind," a wind of magnetospheric ions, travels 380,000 kilometers through space to reach the moon's surface.

Kounotori 6's Space Debris Removal Test Fails

Kounotori 6's space debris removal test failsJapan's space agency says its cargo ship Kounotori 6 has ended its mission after failing to test new technology for removing space debris.
Officials of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency say the spacecraft re-entered the atmosphere and burned up early on Monday Japan time.

Jaxa To Test High-efficiency Thin-film Triple-junction Pv Panel In Outer Space

JAXA to Test High-efficiency Thin-film Triple-junction PV Panel in Outer SpaceJapan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced Dec 9, 2016, that it will mount "thin-film triple-junction" solar panels on the "Kounotori No. 6," a fueling plane for space stations.
The place where solar panels were installed is currently used as a platform for verification tests, and the new solar panels were installed in the place. The verification test of the solar panels will be carried out in an orbit in the sky and last until reentering the aerosphere.