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