Tag - mars



A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from launchpad SLC-40 at the Kennedy Space Center on NASA's PACE mission in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Feb. 8.
BUSINESS / Companies / FOCUS
Feb 13, 2024
Apollo to Artemis: Why America is betting big on private space
While it has seen some successes, the move could put the U.S. at risk of falling behind its principal space rival, China, in achieving major milestones.
Fans and deltas formed by water and sediment are seen in the Jezero Crater on Mars in this false color image taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and published in May 2019.
WORLD / Science & Health
Jan 27, 2024
Rover data confirms ancient lake sediments on Mars
The findings substantiate previous orbital imagery and other data leading scientists to theorize that portions of Mars may have harbored microbial life.
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.
People take photographs during the launch of Boeing-Lockheed joint venture United Launch Alliance's next-generation Vulcan rocket on its debut flight from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Monday.
Jan 11, 2024
Vulcan rocket's debut brings long-awaited challenge to SpaceX dominance
Dependence on SpaceX has been a concern for the Pentagon, which wants multiple vendors of rides to orbit.
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.
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.
The planet Mars as captured by the NASA Hubble Space Telescope in 2016
WORLD / Science & Health
Oct 19, 2023
Scientists surprised by source of largest quake detected on Mars
They first suspected a meteorite impact had caused the marsquake. But a search for an impact crater came up empty.
Japan Times
Jun 30, 2023
Japan Times 1923: Youth ’fired’ for improving hotel, now he manages Tokyo Imperial!
A young upstart in 1923 shows his former employer at a hotel by rising up the ranks, while, 50 years later, a Japanese hotel opens in New York.
Japan Times
May 27, 2023
Meet the scientist (sort of) spending a year on Mars
For NASA, long-term experiments make it possible to evaluate the behavior of a crew in an isolated and confined environment, ahead of a real mission in future.
Japan Times
Jan 26, 2023
U.S. to test nuclear-powered spacecraft by 2027
NASA officials view nuclear thermal propulsion as crucial for sending humans beyond the moon and deeper into space.
Japan Times
Aug 29, 2022
NASA shoots for the moon, on its way to Mars
Fifty years after the last Apollo mission, the space program called Artemis is to get under way with the blast off of the uncrewed 98-meter Space Launch System (SLS) rocket.
Japan Times
Aug 6, 2022
Snickers maker apologizes for advertisement suggesting Taiwan is a country
Snickers joins a long list of foreign brands that have been forced to apologize after being called out by Chinese social media users for not using Beijing's preferred nomenclature.
Japan Times
Jul 27, 2022
The space race the world needs is finally starting
Elon Musk wants SpaceX to become the first private company to complete a mission to Mars, but he has competition and that's good for everybody.
Japan Times
Aug 4, 2021
The future will be weirder than we think
The future may become unthinkably weird and that weirdness will likely come sooner than we think.
Japan Times
May 26, 2021
China should celebrate its Mars success by sharing
The propaganda value of a landing on another planet, as the Communist Party prepares to celebrate its centenary, is not lost on Beijing.
Japan Times
May 26, 2021
Elon Musk’s Mars ambition could be the riskiest human quest ever
A spate of robotic missions to the red planet, including NASA's Perseverance rover and China's Zhurong, have led to the inevitable question: When can humans follow?
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
May 22, 2021
China's first Mars rover begins roaming surface of planet
The rover, called Zhurong, set its wheels on Martian soil at 10:40 a.m. Beijing time Saturday and began roaming the planet.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Apr 20, 2021
NASA’s Mars helicopter completes first flight on another world
Like the first flight of an airplane by Wilbur and Orville Wright, the flight did not go far or last long, but it showed what could be done.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Feb 23, 2021
Mars rover sends home movie of daredevil descent to landing on red planet
NASA scientists on Monday unveiled first-of-a-kind home movies from last week's daredevil Mars rover landing, vividly showing its supersonic parachute inflation over the red planet and a rocket-powered hovercraft lowering the science lab on wheels to the surface.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Feb 19, 2021
NASA's astrobiology rover Perseverance makes historic Mars landing
Mission managers at NASA burst into applause, cheers and fist-bumps as radio beacons signaled that the six-wheeled rover had survived its perilous descent.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on