Joe Biden wants to send a Japanese astronaut to the Moon

Gateway, pictured here, will serve as a crucial part of upcoming Artemis missions.

Gateway, pictured here, will serve as a crucial part of upcoming Artemis missions.
Drawing: Nasa

President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida have further strengthened their plans to send a Japanese astronaut to the next lunar space station, while claiming the possibility of having a Japanese astronaut walks on the Moon during future Artemis missions.

Biden and Kishida met in Tokyo on Monday to continue discussions around an implementation agreement that will potentially place a Japanese astronaut on the bridge space station. Leaders also reaffirmed each country’s commitment share climate change data. The discussion around Gateway personnel is part of ongoing conversations between the United States and Japan regarding NASA’s upcoming missions to the Moon.

The gateway is an integral part making up of NASA’s broader effort to return to the Moon, an upcoming series missions known as Artemis program. Once built, Gateway will serve as an outpost in lunar orbit offering support to astronauts bound for the Moon for their visit. the lunar space stationin addition to serving as essential infrastructure for the Artemis Missions, will also serve as a starting point for future crewed missions to Mars. The first parts of the next lunar station should be launched at the earliest 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 – just as important as the opportunities – of a rapidly changing world. “, President Biden said in a NASA press release.

Japan and the United States are also interested in placing a Japanese astronaut on the surface of the Mover a period yet to be determined Mission Artemisaccording to a White House Fact Sheet. NASA is looking to land astronauts on the lunar south pole by 2025, and Artemis will involve the first crew Lunar missions since Apollo 17 in 1972. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said in the statement, “Our shared ambition to see Japanese and American astronauts walk together on the Moon reflects our nations’ shared values ​​to explore the space responsibly and transparently for the benefit of humanity here. on earth.”

While the first pieces of Gateway are still a few years away from launch, having USA and Japan team is an opportunity to involve more nations. The Artemis missions will be a global effort, and to return to the Moon represents an exciting sequel to intervene space exploration and engineering.

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