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Japanese astronaut bound for International Space Station

  • November 17, 2020
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All national papers reported extensively on the successful launch of the SpaceX Crew Dragon carrying Soichi Noguchi and three other astronauts to the International Space Station. Nikkei speculated that projected President-elect Biden will probably shift the U.S. administration’s focus in outer space from the lunar exploration pursued by the Trump administration to Earth observation to address global warming and climate change. The business daily noted that Japanese officials involved in space policy are paying close attention to the incoming U.S. administration, bracing for the possibility of a cancellation of the Artemis program, to which Japan plans to contribute some 80 billion yen ($765 million) in FY2021 in the hope of sending a Japanese astronaut to the moon in the later half of 2020s.

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