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posted by martyb on Saturday July 01, @12:31AM   Printer-friendly
from the to-visit-the-Chinese-who-will-already-be-there dept.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/29/asia/japan-moon-landing-jaxa/index.html

Japan plans to put a man on the moon around 2030, according to a new proposal by the government's Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). It is the first time JAXA has revealed an intention to send Japanese astronauts beyond the International Space Station, and it will mostly likely be part of an international mission, the agency said.

[...] A spokesman for JAXA told CNN the new plan wasn't to send an exclusively Japanese rocket to the Moon, which would be extremely costly, but rather to contribute to a multinational manned lunar probe. By contributing technology, JAXA would hope to be allotted a space on the mission, which would begin preparation in 2025.

Also at Space News.


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Let's just throw this old thing at the Moon and call it a day:

A cargo container that was built to fly on NASA's space shuttles is being repurposed as a prototype for a deep space habitat.

Lockheed Martin announced it will refurbish the Donatello multi-purpose logistics module (MLPM), transforming from it from its original, unrealized role as a supply conveyor for the International Space Station to a test and training model of a living area for astronauts working beyond Earth orbit. The work is being done under a public-private partnership between the aerospace corporation and NASA.

"We are excited to work with NASA to repurpose a historic piece of flight hardware," said Bill Pratt, Lockheed Martin's program manager for the deep space habitat contract, in a statement.

Donatello was one of three MPLMs that was designed to fly in the space shuttle payload bay to transfer cargo to the station. Built by the Italian Space Agency under a contract with NASA, two modules, Leonardo and Raffaello, flew on 12 shuttle missions between 2001 and 2011.

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India and Japan to Collaborate on Lunar Lander and Sample Return Mission 4 comments

India, Japan working on lunar sample return mission

India plans to visit the moon a third time and also return, with Japan for company this time.

Their lander and rover mission will bring samples back from moon, the chiefs of the two space agencies said on Friday.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have started to work out the contours of their joint trip — which will be the third for both countries.

They did not say when it would be sent. The plans are in the early stages: Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman and Secretary, Department of Space, A.S.Kiran Kumar, and JAXA president Naoki Okumura said the 'implementation arrangements' are likely be reached in a couple of months.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 01, @12:46AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 01, @12:46AM (#533777)

    All your moon base are belong to us!

  • (Score: 2) by bob_super on Saturday July 01, @01:07AM (2 children)

    by bob_super (1357) on Saturday July 01, @01:07AM (#533782)

    Is that rocket going to be wired half in 60Hz and half in 50Hz [wikipedia.org]?

    Talking about double standards, I thought we didn't allow people living in that corner of the world to launch ballistic rockets...

    • (Score: 2) by takyon on Saturday July 01, @01:21AM

      by takyon (881) <takyonNO@SPAMsoylentnews.org> on Saturday July 01, @01:21AM (#533785) Journal

      Read the summary! Sounds like they will pay SpaceX or ULA and coordinate the mission with NASA and ESA.

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    • (Score: 2) by kaszz on Saturday July 01, @05:17AM

      by kaszz (4211) on Saturday July 01, @05:17AM (#533825) Journal

      They should go for 230 V to reduce the need for heavy cables and 60 Hz to reduce the need for a lot of iron in transformers and motors. One benefit with 50 Hz is PAL compatibility though which has way better colors and stability.

  • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 01, @01:37AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 01, @01:37AM (#533789)

    Not without leaving a bunch of sperm. Their population is crashing big time.

  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 01, @02:50AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 01, @02:50AM (#533804)

    It's an easy promise for a politician to make because if it fails, it's long after their tenure.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 01, @04:38AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 01, @04:38AM (#533818)

    So !that! was the very strange Japanese TV show I saw... the one with the guys in latex and many trampolines. They were doing early research for their Moon shot!

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