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Japan to land its astronauts on the moon in the second half of the 2020s

28.12.2021 54 просмотров

Landing on the moon is planned as part of a broader program of activities in the area and on the surface of the Earth's satellite, which will be carried out in cooperation with the United States.


The Japanese government intends to land its astronauts on the moon in the second half of the 2020s. This was announced by the country's Prime MinisterFumio Kishida at a meeting held on Tuesday in Tokyo on the strategy of space exploration, the Kyodo news agency reported.

Landing on the moon is planned as part of a broader program activities in the area and on the surface of the Earth satellite, which will be carried out in cooperation with the United States. In particular, in December, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) began accepting applications for a new set of astronauts who will participate in the implementation of these plans. The competition will run until March 4 next year.

Currently, the JAXA astronaut team consists of seven people, the average age of the members of this group is 52 years. By the 2030s, when active exploration of the Moon is expected, only two of them will remain in service, the rest will have to retire.

In the spring of 2019, the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced a draft program exploration and exploration of the Moon Artemis. At its third stage, it is planned to land astronauts on the Earth satellite approximately at the end of the 2020s.

Tokyo in 2019 announced its decision to join the American lunar program. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan and NASA signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of exploration of the Earth's natural satellite. We are talking about cooperation in the supply of equipment, the exchange of data on the lunar surface, the joint creation of a lunar rover, as well as the possible sending of Japanese astronauts to the moon.

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