Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Moon Exploration: Why is Japan Keen to Join US, Russia in Moon Space Station?

Are the Japanese keen to be part of Moon Space Station? The government of Japan is considering the possibility of participating in the international program for the creation of a near-moon station or Moon Space Station (Deep Space Gateway) and thereby gaining the opportunity to send its astronauts near the moon by 2020’s. This was reported on Sunday the Yomiuri newspaper.

US – Russia Collaborate on Moon Space Station

Negotiations on Moon Space Station have been going on for several years. The program involves the creation of a station in the Moon’s orbit, through which it will be possible to conduct research on the surface of the Earth’s satellite, and in the future, it will be used as an intermediate base for sending missions to Mars.
In September, the heads of the space agencies of Russia and the United States agreed to cooperate on Moon Space Station project. As reported by TASS, the Russian side as part of its contribution can create a transport system, as well as a gateway module for Moon Space Station.

Why is Japan Interested in Being Part of Moon Space Station:

The Government of Japan hopes that if the country participates in the Moon Space Station project, it will enable them to send its astronauts as part of manned research missions to the surface of the moon, and also strengthen the competitiveness of Tokyo in the space industry. For its part, Japan can offer technological solutions, for example, filters for water and air purification at the station, as well as developments in the field of docking systems for transport vehicles.
In addition, Tokyo can offer the creation of ships that are to land directly on the surface of the Earth’s satellite, as well as research vehicles that will travel on the Moon and carry out sampling by drilling, the newspaper said. However, Tokyo does not conduct specific negotiations on this topic, its main partner in the space sphere is the United States, all details are planned to be discussed after the appointment of the Director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Japan has been participating in the International Space Station (ISS) project since 1988, and six Japanese astronauts visited it. In 2008, as part of the US segment, the Kibo laboratory module, developed by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), was docked to the ISS. Tokyo spends annually about 40 billion yen (about $ 360 million) for its participation in the project of the station.

Featured News

US’ F-35 Stealth Jets Not A Great Choice For Clash With China — Top USAF Official

A senior US Air Force officer has questioned the utility of the American F-35A stealth fighters against the adversary in a hypothetical US military...

Indian LCA Tejas Or Pakistani JF-17: Who Is Winning The Malaysian Fighter Jet Contract?

India’s multi-role Tejas fighter has captured the imagination of the Malaysian air force for quite some time now. The 4.5 generation Light Combat Aircraft...

India-China Row: Chinese PLA Deploys Long-Range Precision-Strike Rockets Near The India Border

As India, China border row continues to escalate, the Chinese PLA has for the first time confirmed the deployment of advanced long-range precision-strike rockets...

China, Russia Or Aliens: Why Is There A Sudden Surge In UFO Sightings Over US Military Bases?

The sudden surge in the "UFO" sightings over US military bases and naval assets may be attributed to deliberate incursions by enemy spy drones. Defense...

As China ‘Attacks’ Japan Over Fukushima Issue & Disputed Islands, PM Suga To Meet US President Biden

Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga is in Washington for talks with US President Joe Biden amid China's mounting criticism of Tokyo's plan to release Fukushima...