President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida have further stepped up their plans to send a Japanese astronaut to the upcoming lunar space station, also confirming the ability to have A Japanese astronaut walks on the Moon during future Artemis missions.
Biden and Kishida met in Tokyo on Monday to continue talks on an Implementation Agreement that could potentially place a Japanese astronaut on gate space station. The leaders also reaffirmed each country’s commitment to share data on climate change. The Gateway staff discussion is part of ongoing talks between the US and Japan over NASA’s upcoming mission to the Moon.
The gate is integral ingredient NASA’s biggest effort to return to the Moon, a series of upcoming missions known as Artemis program. Just built, Gateway will serve as an outpost in orbit around the Moon, offering support to astronauts leading to the Moon for their visit. The lunar space stationin addition to serving as a vital infrastructure for Artemis Missions, will also serve as a stopping point for future crew missions to Mars. The first pieces of the upcoming lunar station are to be launched no earlier than November 2024.
“In recent years, the alliance between Japan and the United States has grown stronger, deeper and more capable as we work together to meet new challenges – as important as the opportunities – of a rapidly changing world,” said President Biden. one NASA press release.
Japan and the United States are also interested in placing a Japanese astronaut on the surface of Moon during a still-decided Mission Artemisaccording one White House newsletter. NASA wants to land astronauts on the lunar south pole by 2025 and Artemis will include the first crew Missions to the Moon from Apollo 17 in 1972. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said in a statement: “Our shared ambition to see Japanese and American astronauts walking on the Moon together reflects the common values of our nations to explore space responsibly and with transparency for the benefit of humanity here on earth. “
While the first pieces of Gateway are still a few years away from release, having the US and Japan team up is an opportunity to involve more nations. The Artemis missions will be a global endeavor as well the return to the Moon represents an exciting next come in space exploration and engineering.
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