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An image of Japan's SLIM lunar lander
JAPAN / Science & Health / ANALYSIS
Jan 22, 2024
Japan’s moonshot may mark breakthrough for future lunar missions
The successful use of a new system that allows moon missions to land within 100 meters of a target area would help efforts to build an international lunar base camp.
A screen shows JAXA officials in the mission control room at the space agency's campus in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Saturday.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jan 20, 2024
Japan makes history as spacecraft lands on the moon
The successful landing makes Japan just the fifth country to land a spacecraft on the moon, but questions remain over whether the mission can achieve all its goals.
An image of what a permanent base on the moon might look like. JAXA's SLIM lander will transform how space agencies explore celestial bodies that have gravity, allowing landers to touch down on even rugged terrain, the agency says.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jan 18, 2024
Anticipation soars as Japan’s SLIM readies for moon landing
The mission puts the agency's pinpoint landing technology to the test and could accelerate international space exploration.
A H2-A rocket carrying an information gathering satellite takes off from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture on Friday.
Jan 13, 2024
Spy satellite race in Asia heats up with Japan rocket launch
The probe will monitor North Korean missile sites, according to Mitsubishi Heavy, and the launch comes amid a busy period for spy satellite launches in Asia.
The No. 1 H3 rocket carrying the Advanced Land Observing Satellite-3 lifts off from the Tanegashima Space Center on Tanegashima island in Kagoshima Prefecture in March. It was sent orders to self-destruct minutes later after its second-stage engine failed to ignite.
Dec 29, 2023
Japan's new H3 rocket to blast off in February after failed launch
In the inaugural launch in March, the No. 1 H3 rocket lifted off but was sent orders to self-destruct minutes later after its second-stage engine failed to ignite.
An artist's depiction of Japan's SLIM lunar explorer after landing on the moon's surface
JAPAN / Science & Health
Dec 26, 2023
Japan's SLIM precision moon lander enters lunar orbit, JAXA says
If successful, the touchdown would make Japan only the fifth country to have landed a probe on the moon, after the United States, Russia, China and India.
SpaceX's Starship rocket conducts a second test flight from Boca Chica, Texas, on Nov. 18.
Dec 24, 2023
Japan likely to send first astronaut to moon under U.S.-led project
Besides returning humans to the moon and advancing lunar exploration, the ultimate goal of the Artemis program is to explore Mars.
JAXA’s Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM) spacecraft is expected to land on the lunar surface in early 2024.
Dec 21, 2023
One small step for a JAXA spacecraft, one giant leap for exploration
In 2024, we can look forward to the arrival on the moon of JAXA's SLIM spacecraft. Its groundbreaking accuracy could further propel space exploration.
A mosaic image of asteroid Bennu, composed of 12 PolyCam images collected by the Osiris-Rex spacecraft from a range of 24 kilometers
Dec 6, 2023
NASA asteroid sample being analyzed in Japan
The team is also analyzing a sample from asteroid Ryugu brought by the Hayabusa2 explorer of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
An artistic rendition of a probe heading toward the Martian moon Phobos (left). Mars is the celestial body on the right.
Dec 4, 2023
Japan mulls delaying launch of Mars moon probe from 2024 to 2026
The delay would crush plans for the probe to arrive in the Martian system during the 2025 World Exposition in Osaka.
An internal network at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, has been subjected to unauthorized access.
Nov 29, 2023
Japan space agency server likely hit by unauthorized access attack
Sources said the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency was not aware that the breach may have occurred sometime during the summer until contacted by police.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency booth at the International Space Industry Exhibition in Tokyo in February
Nov 13, 2023
Japan to create ¥1 trillion fund to develop outer space industry
The ¥1 trillion fund will be allocated over a 10-year period for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), as a new global space race heats up.
Astronauts thaw early-stage mouse embryos as part of experiments to grow them on the International Space Station.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Oct 29, 2023
Mouse embryos grown in space for first time, Japan researchers say
The researchers sent frozen mouse embryos on board a rocket to the ISS in August 2021.
Japan's HII-A rocket carrying a lunar lander is prepared for launch at Tanegashima Space Centre on Tanegashima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture on Aug. 27.
Sep 6, 2023
Yes, we do need another moonshot — or five
This renewed interest in moon landings is stoking fears of increased rivalry and another arms race.
An H-IIA rocket, carrying the Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM) and X-Ray Imaging and Spectroscopy Mission (XRISM), lifts off on Thursday morning from Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture.
JAPAN / Science & Health / ANALYSIS
Sep 7, 2023
In new space race, Japan ups ante with launch of two key missions
The Smart Lander for Investigating Moon and X-Ray Imaging and Spectroscopy Mission were both launched Thursday following several postponements.
Pola President Miki Oikawa (center) unveils skincare products designed for use in outer space's low-gravity during an event in Tokyo on Monday.
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 29, 2023
Japan firms create 'space cosmetics' headed for ISS in 2024
A face wash and a lotion have been devised by Pola and ANA Holdings for use in outer space's low-gravity, resource-scarce conditions.
An H2A rocket at Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture on Monday
JAPAN / Science & Health
Aug 28, 2023
Japan suspends H2A rocket launch for moonshot due to strong winds
Unsuitable wind conditions in the upper atmosphere forced a suspension less than 30 minutes before the planned liftoff.
An illustration of the Smart Lander for Investigating Moon, or SLIM, which will be carried by JAXA’s H2-A rocket if it launches on Sunday
JAPAN / Science & Health
Aug 25, 2023
Japan set to shoot for the moon after Russia and India missions
Success could provide the thrust JAXA badly needs to begin rebuilding its battered reputation after a series of costly setbacks over the past year.
Japan Times
Jul 14, 2023
Rocket engine explodes during test by Japan's space agency
The incident occurred about one minute after the ground test for the second-stage engine began.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Apr 30, 2023
JAXA weighs new mission using Hayabusa and Hayabusa2 tech
JAXA aims to launch the probe in the mid-2030s and achieve a sample return in the mid-2040s.


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