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Two astronauts from Japan are set to take part in the Artemis program, a NASA-led effort to return astronauts to the moon.
Apr 10, 2024
Japanese astronaut to be first non-American to set foot on moon
The offer to Japan came as part of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's state visit, and as Washington seeks to strengthen ties with a key ally.
Homes affected by sea level rise on Tierra Bomba Island, Cartagena, Colombia
Mar 22, 2024
Global sea level jumped due to El Nino and climate change, NASA says
The global average sea level rose by about 0.76 centimeters from 2022 to 2023 — nearly four times the increase of the previous year.
From left: Russian cosmonaut Konstantin Borisov, Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen, American astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli and Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa sit inside the SpaceX Dragon Endurance spacecraft as they are recovered by the SpaceX ship MEGAN shortly after splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, on Tuesday.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 13, 2024
Furukawa and three other astronauts return to Earth after six months
The Crew-7 mission came to an end after the SpaceX Dragon capsule splashed safely into the Gulf of Mexico.
Intuitive Machines' Odysseus spacecraft passes over the near side of the Moon following lunar orbit insertion on Feb. 21.
WORLD / Society
Feb 27, 2024
Sideways touchdown to cut mission short for moon lander Odysseus
New details have emerged about testing shortcuts and human error that led to an in-flight failure of the spacecraft's laser-guided range finders.
Intuitive Machines CEO Steve Altemus holds a model of the Odysseus lunar lander to show its position on the side, during a news conference at Johnson Space Center in Houston on Friday.
WORLD / Science & Health
Feb 24, 2024
Moon lander tipped sideways on lunar surface but 'alive and well'
The moon lander dubbed Odysseus is is resting on its side a day after its touchdown as the first private spacecraft ever to reach the lunar surface.
Intuitive Machines' Odysseus spacecraft passes over the near side of the moon following lunar orbit insertion on Wednesday.
WORLD / Science & Health / FOCUS
Feb 23, 2024
Why it took the U.S. 51 years to get back on the moon
Intuitive Machines has landed a robotic spacecraft on the moon, becoming the first private firm to place a vehicle intact on the lunar surface.
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.
An images taken by a NASA satellite shows Japan's Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM) on the lunar surface after it succeeded in making a pinpoint landing.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jan 27, 2024
NASA unveils images of Japan's SLIM moon probe after landing success
The images, taken at an altitude of about 80 kilometers, show a slight change in reflectance around the lander due to engine exhaust sweeping the surface.
The precision landing made by the SLIM project is essential to establishing a manned base on the moon, which will depend on targeted supply missions.
Jan 26, 2024
Successful moon landing prepares Japan for the future
Japan is now the fifth country to successfully land a probe on the moon, following the U.S., Russia, China and India.
An image of Japan's lunar lander and the moon's surface captured by SORA-Q, which was successfully released before the craft's touchdown on Saturday
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jan 25, 2024
Japan’s space agency confirms breakthrough high-precision moon landing
JAXA's "Moon Sniper" successfully landed within 100 meters of its target, much more precise than the several kilometers of typical moon missions.
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.
NASA astronaut Joseph M. Acaba speaks at an event during which the crew of the Artemis II space mission to the moon is announced in Houston last April.
WORLD / Science & Health
Jan 10, 2024
Bad day in space: Moon mission fails and NASA program delayed
The twin developments represent blows to U.S. ambitions to stimulate a commercial space economy.
Members of the media take pictures of the ULA's new rocket Vulcan Centaur, which is set to make its maiden flight Monday with a payload that includes a private lunar lander, as well as the cremated remains of several people associated with the original "Star Trek" series, including creator Gene Rodenberry and cast member Nichelle Nichols, who portrayed the character Uhura.
Jan 8, 2024
Private industry leads America's first moon landing since Apollo
A soft landing on the moon has only been accomplished by few national space agencies
The single biggest factor that will make satellites more accessible is the advent of private launch providers led by SpaceX.
Jan 5, 2024
You too may one day have your own satellite
Demand for personal satellites will rise as their uses range from monitoring crops to watching over the family dog.
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.
Nasa Hataoka hits out of a bunker on the seventh hole during the final round of the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Florida, on Sunday.
Nov 20, 2023
Nasa Hataoka loses lead on final day of LPGA Tour Championship
Hataoka finished in a tie for second at the CME Group Tour Championship.
Nasa Hataoka in action during her third round at the CME Group Tour Championship on Saturday in Naples, Florida
Nov 19, 2023
Yang and Hataoka share lead after surge at Tour Championship
Yang fired an 8-under-par 64 and Hataoka, the second round co-leader, shot 65 as both sit at 21 under heading into Sunday's final round.


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