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Japan to start research on places on moon, Mars for humans

Researchers at Kyoto University and contractor Kajima Corp. presented plans to build living facilities required for human habitation on the moon and Mars and a transportation system reminiscent of a galaxy express.   “There is no plan like this in other countries’ space development plans,” said Yosuke Yamashiki, director of the SIC Human Spaceology Center of Kyoto University, at a July….Read more

  • July 6, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 6:45 p.m.
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Focus: Japan space startups seeking to manage without Soyuz

Tokyo, June 30 (Jiji Press)–Japanese startups developing and operating satellites are being forced to review their business strategies as they can not use Russian Soyuz rockets following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.     The number of small commercial satellite launches has been rising worldwide in line with the increasing use of data from space for such purposes as disaster prevention and agriculture.    ….Read more

  • June 30, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 11:00 a.m.
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205 applicants pass preliminary tests in JAXA astronaut recruitment

Japan’s space agency has announced that 205 applicants have passed preliminary examinations in its latest astronaut recruitment.   The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, is looking for several new astronauts to take part in an international lunar exploration project.   The agency’s first recruitment in 13 years drew the largest-ever number of applicants, at 4,127.   Two-thousand-226 applicants passed….Read more

  • June 28, 2022
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Former astronaut Noguchi to become IHI Corp. advisor

On June 27, IHI Corp. announced that [former] astronaut Noguchi Soichi will become its executive advisor effective July 1. Noguchi [recently] retired from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).   IHI will apply Noguchi’s expertise and advice on space development to create new businesses and develop human resources.   Noguchi developed and tested jet engines as an engineer at Ishikawajima-Harima….Read more

  • June 28, 2022
  • , Mainichi , p. 6
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Venture company in Tsukuba first to commercialize lasers connecting space and earth

By Nobuhito Matsumura   Warpspace (Tsukuba City, Ibaraki  Prefecture), a space venture company founded at Tsukuba University, announced on May 31 that they would be launching a laser-based optical communication network into space as early as the winter of 2024. If it comes to fruition, it will be the first privately-commercialized service of this type in the world.   The….Read more

  • June 21, 2022
  • , Japan Forward
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NASA’s next Mars copter to have rotors tested in Japan

RYOSUKE MATSUZOE, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — As the search for life beyond Earth heats up, Japan’s Tohoku University is working with NASA to test whether the American space agency’s next-generation Mars helicopter can take flight in the red planet’s extremely thin atmosphere.   NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter was landed on Mars in February 2021. That April, it became the….Read more

  • June 20, 2022
  • , Nikkei Asia
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Editorial: A stepping stone toward unraveling the origin of life

How did life on Earth begin? A recent achievement could help us solve this great mystery.   Amino acids have been discovered in stone and sand samples collected from the Ryugu asteroid by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Hayabusa2 unmanned explorer. Amino acids, which combine to form proteins, are the building blocks of life.   It has been hypothesized that….Read more

  • June 10, 2022
  • , The Japan News , 3:25 p.m.
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Editorial: Success of Japan’s Hayabusa2 space probe a step onward in finding life’s origins

Where did life come from? Recent findings from the Japanese asteroid explorer Hayabusa2 may have brought us a big step closer to unraveling that mystery. Rock samples that the explorer brought back from the asteroid Ryugu were found to contain organic matter that forms the building blocks of life, including amino acids.   Following a journey of 5.2 billion kilometers,….Read more

  • June 7, 2022
  • , The Mainichi
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Amino acids found in samples collected by Hayabusa 2

All national dailies gave front- or inside-page play to reports that they learned from a source on Monday that more than 20 kinds of amino acids were detected in sand samples collected by space probe Hayabusa 2 from the asteroid Ryugu in late 2020. Amino acids are substances that make proteins and are indispensable for life. This is reportedly the….Read more

  • June 7, 2022
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Mitsui & Co. to invest in U.S. satellite company

Mitsui & Co. has announced that it will invest in ATLAS Space Operations, an American company based in Michigan that provides satellite ground station service. The Japanese trading company will take advantage of the technology to automate the operations of satellite ground stations owned by ATLAS in a bid to accelerate its efforts to commercialize space.   Mitsui will finalize….Read more

  • May 31, 2022
  • , NIKKEI Business Daily , p. 4
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