Japan wants to send astronauts to the moon in the second half of the 2020s, Prime Minister Kiseda Fumio and Minister of Science and Technology Kobagase Takaguki announced at a meeting of the Japan Space Agency on Tuesday.
According to the local press, a basic plan for the space research program was announced at the meeting after a revision, which reveals that the space agency has now set a deadline for traveling to the moon for the first time.
Japan is participating in the US-led Artemis program, which aims to launch a space base into lunar orbit and launch astronauts on the moon from there. Tokyo plans to send Japanese astronauts to the moon as part of this programme. It was also announced at the meeting that Japan’s public and private sectors are working together to develop a manned vehicle and that Japan will conduct research into developing technology for using solar energy in space.
Outer space is a frontier that gives people dreams and hope
Japanese Prime Minister said. He added that it has an important role to play in supporting the economy and society in terms of economic security.
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