Japan reveals plans to put a man on moon by 2030

June 30, 2017
Japan has unveiled ambitious plans to put an astronaut on the moon around 2030 under new proposals from the country's space agency.

Japan has revealed ambitious plans to put an astronaut on the Moon around 2030 in new proposals from the country's space agency.

This is the first time the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has said it aims to send an astronaut beyond the International Space Station, an agency spokeswoman told AFP on Friday.

The idea is to first join a NASA-led mission in 2025 to build a space station in the moon's orbit, as part of a longer-term effort by NASA to reach Mars.

Tokyo hopes that contributing to the multinational mission and sharing Japanese technology will land it a coveted spot at the station, from which it could eventually send an astronaut to the Moon, the spokeswoman said.

The plan was presented at an education ministry panel this week, with a more formal blueprint expected next year, according to public broadcaster NHK.

The announcement comes as China and India develop their space programmes.

In November, China's Shenzhou-11 spacecraft returned to Earth, bringing home two astronauts from the rising power's longest-ever orbital mission.

Beijing has also unveiled illustrations of a Mars probe and rover it aims to send to the Red Planet at the end of the decade.

NASA and other global space agencies are working hard on sending to Mars by the 2030s.

In March, the US Congress passed a bill—signed by President Donald Trump—directing NASA to send a manned mission to Mars in 2033.

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rrrander
2 / 5 (4) Jun 30, 2017
Japan is wallowing in debt. They could be another much larger Greece. But, I admire their drive.
antialias_physorg
4.2 / 5 (5) Jun 30, 2017
Japan is wallowing in debt.

So? Everyone else is, too. What has that got to do with anything.
dirk_bruere
5 / 5 (4) Jun 30, 2017
NASA's plans for going to the moon are always 10 years in the future
ShotmanMaslo
4 / 5 (8) Jun 30, 2017
Japan is wallowing in debt. They could be another much larger Greece. But, I admire their drive.


Japan debt is mostly domestic, Greek debt is to other nations. Big difference.
plot64
5 / 5 (3) Jun 30, 2017
Japan is the world largest creditor country and the USA the most indebted country....
Tuxford
1 / 5 (4) Jun 30, 2017
NASA's plans for going to the moon are always 10 years in the future

Because Apollo demonstrated that the moon is already occupied. Hence the program was cut short. It seemed prudent to stay away.
Physbiz
3.4 / 5 (5) Jun 30, 2017
What's with all the negativity. The space race pushed our economy forward and influence style, tech and media all Americans benefited from. We should be heading back to the moon, great for them.
TheGhostofOtto1923
1 / 5 (1) Jul 01, 2017
Eventually, all these nations will realize that they'd better leave space exploration to the private sector
Youve got it backwards. Exploration is a military endeavor. NASA is a military organization. Recce is a military function.

Bridgeheads are established, the area is reconnoitered and secured, and a robust presence is established along with defensible lines of communication and supply. Only after this is accomplished can commercial development and civilian settlement begin, building off the tech and procedures developed by the military. And of course profit- and competition-driven innovation will find cheaper and more appropriate ways of doing this.

Kirks ship was armed to the teeth you know.

The military is never there to make a profit, only to enable entrepreneurs to do so. In rare cases they are the same thing, as with the Republican Guard, But this is the result of having an idle and corrupt standing military with nothing better to do.
Waaalt
2.3 / 5 (3) Jul 01, 2017
There's nothing "private sector" about oligarchs and oligarchy.

They take control of government resources and turn them into their own private playthings. Their risks and costs are foisted onto the government while they personally reap the rewards. There is no risk of competition; nobody can compete with the oligarchs except for other oligarchs. Whenever they get bored playing with their toys, they can make a deal with other oligarchs who want to play with them.

Oligarchy is a system guaranteed to ruin every country it touches. The people of the US prospered so long as it was kept in check. You have to be a real fool to cheer them on.
rrrander
2.3 / 5 (3) Jul 02, 2017
NASA's plans for going to the moon are always 10 years in the future


They're too busy wasting time and money on the global warming fraud.
omegatalon
3 / 5 (2) Jul 02, 2017
Does it really make sense to spend the time and effort for an independent manned moon program especially for a country that enjoys efficiency as you would think a joint venture with the Toyota of space launch systems, SpaceX would make the most sense especially as SpaceX could get to the moon in 2-3 years and Mars in under 10 years.
TheGhostofOtto1923
not rated yet Jul 03, 2017
Poor bartA of the loving god 1/5'd me because he finds the notion of a military NASA offensive I suppose. But he forgets the angst everyone felt as the little sputnik nuke surrogate whizzed over our heads. He forgets how the early rockets were ICBMs, with capsules manned by military personnel. He forgets that the first salyut space stations were armed with anti-gemini capsule Nudelman-Rikhter "Vulkan" guns.

Onward xian soldiers.
wardrho9
not rated yet Jul 14, 2017
NASA's plans for going to the moon are always 10 years in the future

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