Tag - space



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.
Koichi Wakata holds his final news conference as a JAXA astronaut in Tokyo on March 29.
JAPAN / Society
Apr 10, 2024
Former ISS commander and astronaut Koichi Wakata joins U.S. space firm
Wakata, 60, left the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency at the end of March after staying in space for 504 days.
South Korea is seeking to step up its own reconnaissance capabilities with a series of launches aimed at putting five spy satellites in orbit by 2025.
Apr 8, 2024
South Korea launches second homegrown spy satellite
The synthetic aperture radar satellite uses radar waves to produce ultrahigh resolution images of objects on the ground, regardless of cloud cover.
A prototype of the Astroscale Holdings ELSA-d in-orbit debris capture and removal craft is displayed at the company's office in Tokyo in December 2018.
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 5, 2024
Japan space startup Astroscale aims for June listing, sources say
The 11-year-old company spoke to overseas institutional investors in March to gather feedback before making a decision on a listing.
A black-and-white photo of the rocky surface of a crater transmitted by Japan's unmanned moon lander
Mar 28, 2024
Japan moon probe survives second lunar night, JAXA says
The moon lander touched down in January at a wonky angle that left its solar panels facing the wrong way.
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa speaks at a U.N. Security Council meeting in New York on Monday.
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 19, 2024
Japan vows to launch new dialogue on nuclear material ban treaty
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa said that the "Friends" meeting aims to "enhance political attention" to the Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty.
SpaceX's next-generation Starship spacecraft, atop its powerful Super Heavy rocket, lifts off on its third launch from the company's Boca Chica launchpad on an uncrewed test flight, near Brownsville, Texas, on Thursday.
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 15, 2024
SpaceX rocket makes successful test flight but is lost in descent
SpaceX's prior attempts have ended in spectacular explosions — but the company says this is an acceptable cost in its rapid trial-and-error approach.
A series of photos show how Space One's Kairos rocket lifted off from the launch site and exploded in midair on Wednesday, scattering debris on a nearby mountainous area.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 13, 2024
Japan's Space One rocket explodes shortly after launch
The firm's solid-fuel Kairos rocket burst into flames just seconds after liftoff, in a major setback for Japan’s space development aspirations.
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.
The James Webb Space Telescope
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 10, 2024
Japan team using James Webb telescope to unlock secrets of the cosmos
Team has been pioneering research on supermassive black holes and the presence of heavy elements.
Space One readies its KAIROS small rocket for launch on Saturday morning in Kushimoto, Wakayama Prefecture. The launch was postponed later that morning.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 9, 2024
Space One postpones bid to be Japan's first private firm to put satellite in orbit
The Tokyo-based startup halted the mission after a ship ventured into a "maritime warning area" just 10 minutes before the launch.
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 Jan. 25.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 2, 2024
Japan SLIM moon lander put to sleep after surviving lunar night
Another operation attempt of the SLIM spacecraft is scheduled for later this month, the country's space agency said.
Takuya Usami, the curator at Mantenboshi, a stargazing observatory in Noto, Ishikawa Prefecture, said that a survey by the Environment Ministry had ranked the Noto region as among the best places in Japan for stargazing.
JAPAN / Society
Feb 29, 2024
Stargazing observatory in quake-hit Noto looks forward to reopening
“I want to show everyone little by little the beauty of the starry sky, one of Noto’s attractions," a curator at the observatory said.
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un visits the Pyongyang General Control Center of the National Aerospace Technology Administration to inspect operational readiness of reconnaissance satellites and view aerospace photographs, in this picture released by the Korean Central News Agency on Nov. 25, 2023.
Feb 29, 2024
North Korea's first spy satellite is 'alive,' expert says
But the spacecraft's capabilities remain unknown despite its maneuvers suggesting Pyongyang's successful control of it.
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.
The Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM), is seen in this handout image taken by LEV-2 on the moon, released on Jan. 25.
Feb 26, 2024
Japan's SLIM moon probe unexpectedly survives lunar night
The lander touched down on the lunar surface last month, making Japan the fifth country to put a probe on the moon.
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.
Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Tuesday
WORLD / Politics
Feb 21, 2024
Russia may launch nuclear weapon into space this year, U.S. tells allies
Moscow is said to be developing a space-based capability to knock out satellites using a nuclear warhead, in violation of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty.
A second test model of the H3 rocket lifts off from the launch pad at Tanegashima Space Center on the southwestern island of Tanegashima, Kagoshima Prefecture, on Saturday.
JAPAN / Science & Health / FOCUS
Feb 20, 2024
Can Japan’s new H3 rocket compete with Elon Musk’s Falcon 9?
In order to seriously compete with the Falcon 9, which currently dominates the market, experts say price and usability of the H3 would be key.


Later this month, author Shogo Imamura will open Honmaru, a bookstore that allows other businesses to rent its shelves. It's part of a wave of ideas Japanese booksellers are trying to compete with online spaces.
The story isn't over for Japan's bookstores