Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has revealed its plans of sending an astronaut beyond the International Space Station (ISS) and on the moon by 2030
Japan hasn’t been too vocal about it manned missions and this is for the first time that the agency has revealed of what its plans are as far as future manned space flights are concerned with respect to the moon.
According to JAXA they first intend to partner up with NASA and other space agencies for an international mission to build a space station in moon’s orbit. This space station is being developed as part of a much broader plan of sending humans to Mars.
Japan intends to contribute as much as possible to this multinational multinational mission in terms of technology and know-how thereby garnering a place for itself at the space station around the moon. Once it has garnered a share in the station, it the intends to use that to send an astronaut on the Moon.
This particular plan was presented at an education ministry panel this week, with a more formal blueprint expected next year, according to public broadcaster NHK.
Japan’s intentions have been revealed at a time when China and India are expanding their space programs. China recently brought home two astronauts using its Shenzhou-11 spacecraft. The two astronauts were part of China’s longest-ever orbital mission. China also intends to send a mission to Mars and to that effect it also unveiled illustrations of a Mars probe and rover. China hopes to launch the two at the end of the decade.
NASA and other global space agencies are working hard on sending astronauts 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.