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Japan Times
JAPAN
May 10, 2019
JAXA finds 10 more artificial craters made on Ryugu asteroid by Japan's Hayabusa2 probe
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said Thursday that 10 smaller, man-made craters had been found on an asteroid in addition to the larger crater its Hayabusa2 space probe produced last month as part of its mission to gain insight into the origin of life and the evolution of the solar system.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 11, 2019
Bridgestone to join Toyota and JAXA in rover mission to moon
Bridgestone Corp. said Wednesday it would tie up with Toyota Motor Corp. and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency on a joint mission to send a rover to the moon.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 3, 2019
Japanese authorities say suicide of JAXA contractor was work-related
Authorities have recognized the October 2016 suicide of a man involved in satellite control operations at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Tsukuba Space Center as a work-related death, it was learned Wednesday.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 12, 2019
Toyota and JAXA plan to send rover to the moon in 2029, with space inside for four astronauts
Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday it will jointly develop a rover to be sent to the moon in 2029, amid fierce global competition to explore Earth's natural satellite.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 18, 2019
Japan launches Epsilon rocket carrying seven satellites, including one supposed to generate fake meteor shower
Japan successfully launched on Friday morning a low-cost Epsilon rocket carrying seven satellites built by 10 organizations, including a space venture aiming to create artificial shooting stars.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 6, 2019
JAXA says landing-site selection for Hayabusa2's touchdown on Ryugu asteroid is in the final stage
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is searching for a suitable site on the Ryugu asteroid that it can safely land its Hayabusa2 spacecraft as early as late this month.
Japan Times
JAPAN / New Year Special 2019
Jan 1, 2019
Former astronaut Naoko Yamazaki hopeful for commercial space travel
The year 2019 marks 50 years since the first humans landed on the moon in 1969 as part of NASA’s Apollo 11 lunar mission. In an interview with Managing Editor Sayuri Daimon, former Japanese astronaut Naoko Yamazaki shares her experience in space in 2010 and her views on space development in the coming...
Japan Times
JAPAN / New Year Special 2019
Jan 1, 2019
Global collaboration needed for future space missions
Japan is launching multiple missions to explore the mysteries of the solar system in the coming years, joining hands with the European Union and countries such as India to compete with space superpowers such as the United States and Russia.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health / NATURAL SELECTIONS
Dec 24, 2018
2018 in science in Japan: Climate change, space exploration and water bears
In casting an eye back over memorable science and environment stories from Japan in 2018, it is impossible to ignore the extreme weather that hit the country.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 12, 2018
Capsule carrying ISS samples recovered after splashdown into ocean near remote island
A capsule ejected from a space cargo vessel returned to Earth on Sunday, bringing back experiment samples from the International Space Station (ISS) in the first such mission for Japan.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Nov 8, 2018
Unmanned Japanese cargo vessel Kounotori heads home from ISS carrying experiment samples
The successful re-entry and collection of samples are expected to contribute to Japan's efforts toward the development of manned space missions in the future.
Japan Times
LIFE / Language
Oct 29, 2018
Japan and Europe launch probes to survey Mercury
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and European Space Agency launched twin Mercury probes on an Ariane 5 rocket from French Guiana on Oct. 19.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Oct 29, 2018
Japan puts upgraded greenhouse gas observation satellite Ibuki-2 into orbit
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully launched on Monday an H-IIA rocket carrying Japan's Ibuki-2 greenhouse gas observation satellite and an Earth observation satellite made by United Arab Emirates, putting both into orbit.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Oct 11, 2018
Asteroid touchdown by Japan's Hayabusa2 probe postponed to January
Japan's space agency said Thursday it will postpone space probe Hayabusa2's touchdown on the Ryugu asteroid to around late January from October due to the difficulty in finding a good landing site.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Sep 15, 2018
JAXA launch of ISS supply ship delayed again, this time by equipment flaw
A rocket launch to resupply the International Space Station was delayed again on Saturday by a “serious” equipment problem, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. said.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 27, 2018
Japanese prosecutors raid JAXA facilities in connection with second education ministry bribes case
The official was arrested on suspicion of taking bribes in the form of entertaining a former consultancy executive in return for a favor.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jul 11, 2018
Japanese students reach for the stars at U.S. Space Camp
Seven Japanese junior high school students and three teachers are currently taking part in this year's Space Camp, a six-day, hands-on learning program in the United States that aims to raise youth interest in space science.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jun 12, 2018
Japan launches H-IIA rocket carrying intelligence-gathering satellite
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency on Tuesday launched an H-IIA rocket carrying a radar-type intelligence-gathering government satellite from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 2, 2018
Japan's space agency taps astronaut Akihiko Hoshide for International Space Station command
Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide will be onboard the International Space Station for about six months from around May 2020 and serve as its commander during the latter part of his stay, Japan's space agency said Friday.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 27, 2018
Japan launches H-IIA rocket carrying reconnaissance satellite
An H-IIA rocket carrying a government intelligence-gathering satellite was launched Tuesday from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture.

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