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Japan cautious about space collaboration with U.S. beyond Moon

  • October 20, 2019
  • , Nikkei
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Nikkei wrote today that although Japan recently decided to cooperate with the U.S. lunar exploration program, it is not eager to participate in the Trump administration’s Artemis program to send astronauts to the Moon by 2024 in preparation for human missions to Mars. According to the daily, while the GOJ and Japan’s academic community are now fully committed to collaborating in NASA’s Lunar Gateway program, they are still cautious about sharing the U.S.’s ambitious goal of sending humans to Mars, due in part to the exorbitant costs. JAXA is reportedly strongly interested in the lunar exploration program since Japanese expertise amassed in the course of operating the International Space Station in coordination with other partners can be fully utilized. The GOJ reportedly plans to continue internal discussions on a possible role in the Artemis program before it updates the existing mid- and long-term space development strategy next June.   

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