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JAPAN / Science & Health
Jul 15, 2016
JAXA eyes 2020 launch of new X-ray astronomy satellite to replace lost Hitomi
The nation's space agency said Thursday it is considering launching in 2020 an X-ray astronomy satellite to succeed Hitomi, which the agency lost communication with in March soon after it entered orbit.
Japan Times
Jun 30, 2016
Japanese space agency to trial electric cable for space junk removal
The space agency is planning an experiment to remove simulated space junk as part of efforts to develop a simple and inexpensive disposal system for objects that might puncture the International Space Station or destroy satellites.
May 8, 2016
Failure of the Hitomi satellite
The recent failure of the Hitomi satellite to find X-rays from black holes and galaxy clusters represents a devastating fiasco in the history of space science.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 28, 2016
Debris spotted floating around silent Hitomi X-ray satellite
The U.S. Joint Space Operations Center on Sunday said it has spotted five objects floating near Japan's brand new Hitomi X-ray astronomy satellite that lost communication with Earth the previous day.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 27, 2016
JAXA says communication link with X-ray astronomy satellite has been lost
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency says it has had trouble communicating with the newly launched Hitomi X-ray astronomy satellite and that at the moment it cannot ascertain its condition.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 1, 2016
Company aiming to clear space junk wins funding
A company that aims to clean junk from space has secured up to $30 million (¥3.39 billion) in public-private funding and plans to launch the world's first debris-mapping satellite later this year.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Feb 18, 2016
JAXA names new orbiting X-ray astronomy satellite 'the Eye'
Japan's space agency has named an X-ray astronomy satellite that was successfully launched into space Wednesday the Hitomi (Eye), with scientists hoping the new equipment will help their quest to observe distant black holes and galaxies.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Feb 17, 2016
H-IIA rocket carries astronomy satellite into space
An H-IIA rocket carrying an X-ray astronomy satellite lifts off successfully from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture.
Feb 12, 2016
Weather forces JAXA to scrub launch of H-IIA rocket carrying X-ray astronomy satellite
The launch of a rocket carrying a new X-ray astronomy satellite has been postponed from the initially planned time Friday due to bad weather, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. said Thursday.
Japan Times
Jan 25, 2016
Space development program a blackhole for public funds
Japan has poured huge sums of money into its space exploration effort, but with very little to show for it.
Japan Times
Dec 29, 2015
Test astronaut hopefuls flood Japan's space agency in search of big payday
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's pitch to find male volunteers for a two-week stress test in return for nearly double the monthly salary of a new university graduate draws more interest than expected.
Dec 22, 2015
Akatsuki's Venus mission
Launched in 2010, the Akutsuki space probe is now set to shed light on Venus' mysteries.
Dec 21, 2015
Let's discuss the Akatsuki space probe
Japan's space agency says its Akatsuki probe has successfully entered into orbit around Venus.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Dec 7, 2015
Japanese probe fires thrusters in second bid to enter Venus orbit
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency made a second attempt Monday morning to put the Akatsuki probe into orbit around Venus, five years after a problem with the main engine thwarted the first try.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Nov 24, 2015
Japanese H-IIA rocket carries first commercial satellite into orbit
An H-IIA rocket carrying a Canadian communications satellite lifted off Tuesday, marking the first time a commercial satellite has been launched into space by the Japanese-built platform.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Nov 7, 2015
JAXA may develop new life-support system for International Space Station
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency may provide a new life-support system for the International Space Station so Japanese astronauts can continue participating in the orbiting laboratory through 2024, people close to the matter said Saturday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Sep 30, 2015
Japan's unmanned cargo ship plunges back to Earth after successful ISS mission
A Japanese unmanned cargo ship plunged into the atmosphere over the South Pacific early Wednesday after completing a supply mission to the International Space Station (ISS), the Japanese space agency said.
Aug 27, 2015
Japanese astronaut Kanai to travel to space in 2017
Norishige Kanai used to be a Maritime Self-Defense Force doctor specializing in undersea medicine, but in 2017 he will take a huge leap, as he puts it, "from deep sea to space."
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jun 10, 2015
JAXA plans probe to bring back samples from moons of Mars
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency on Tuesday unveiled a plan for an unmanned space probe to bring back sand and other samples from Mars' in a multiyear mission that could begin as early as 2021.
Jun 4, 2015
Japan delays launch of unmanned lunar lander to second half of fiscal 2019
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency plans to renovate its rocket-launch complex in southwestern Japan, and has delayed the launch of the country's first unmanned moon landing to fiscal 2019.


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