Japan to participate in U.S. lunar exploration program

National Oct 17, 2019

Japan to participate in U.S. lunar exploration program

Japan's space policy committee in the Cabinet Office decided Thursday to participate in the U.S. program to land astronauts on the moon by 2024. Tokyo will notify Washington later this year about the decision by the Committee on National Space Policy. Japan will offer technical cooperation ...

Astronaut 'ambassadors' to encourage Tokyo 2020 torchbearers from space

National Jul 23, 2019

Astronaut 'ambassadors' to encourage Tokyo 2020 torchbearers from space

Japanese astronauts will broadcast messages of encouragement from space during the torch relays for both the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, according to Olympic organizing committee officials. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronauts Soichi Noguchi and Akihiko Hoshide will send the messages to torchbearers from ...

JAXA to send Onishi to ISS in 2016

National Nov 29, 2013

JAXA to send Onishi to ISS in 2016

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said Friday that astronaut Takuya Onishi will travel into space for the first time around July 2016 in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. Onishi, 37, who will stay at the International Space Station for about six months, issued a comment saying: ...

Wakata to depart for ISS on Nov. 7, take command

National Oct 18, 2013

Wakata to depart for ISS on Nov. 7, take command

Astronaut Koichi Wakata is set to ride a Russian Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station, where he will do a six-month stint as its first Japanese skipper, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said Thursday. Wakata, 50, and two colleagues, from Russia and the United ...