There have been many interesting space-related tasks throughout the years, including SpaceX sending ice cream to space and NASA taking people’s names to the moon. But recently, a bigger project was unveiled as Japan and the United States plan to fly the first Japanese astronaut to the lunar surface.
There isn’t a non-American person to have touched down on the moon yet, and Japan hopes to be the next one to land on the natural satellite before this decade ends. During the first in-person meeting in Tokyo, President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida shared that the nations will collaborate in the US-led Artemis program.
The said program is set to send humans to the Moon, and later to planet Mars. Biden expressed he was “excited” about working with Japan. He specifically mentioned the Gateway Station, which will orbit around the Moon and provide support for future missions.
Japan’s local space program concentrates on satellites and probes, so Japanese astronauts have reached out to the US and Russia to travel to the International Space Station.
Meanwhile, space agency JAXA is looking to renew its ranks, as it launched its first recruitment of new astronauts in 13 years. It lifted the requirement on applicants having a science degree, and also urged women to apply since all seven of the nation’s current astronauts are men.