Japan Aims to Put an Astronaut on the Moon by Late 2020s, Launch Mars Probe in 2024

Japan Aims to Put an Astronaut on the Moon by Late 2020s, Launch Mars Probe in 2024

Japan Aims to Put an Astronaut on the Moon by Late 2020s, Launch Mars Probe in 2024

Japan revised the schedule of its space exploration plans on Tuesday, aiming to put a Japanese person on the moon by the latter half of the 2020s.

 

“Not only is space a frontier that gives people hopes and dreams but it also provides a crucial foundation to our economic society with respect to our economic security,” Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told a meeting to finalise the plan.

 

According to the draft schedule of the plan, Japan aims to put the first non-American on the moon as part of the Artemis programme, a US-led initiative that aims to return astronauts to the moon.

The plan also spells out Japan’s aspirations to launch a probe to explore Mars in 2024, as well as to find ways to generate solar electricity in space.

 

Neighbouring China also aims to become a major spacefaring power by 2030, and it too plans to put astronauts on the moon, raising the prospect of an Asian space race.

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