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Japan chooses to go to the moon

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By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

As the year winds down many of us are mulling over resolutions for ourselves in 2021, such as losing a few pounds, learning a new skill, or finding more time to spend with loved ones. This week, though, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida laid out a much larger, and more long-term, goal for the nation.

Meeting with Science and Technology Policy Minister Kobayashi Takayuki and members of the Japanese government’s Strategic Headquarters for Space Development, Kishida announced revisions to Japan’s Basic Plan on Space Policy, as it calls its objectives for space-related scientific development. Revisions to the Basic Plan are regularly made, but in the latest round, for the first time, one of the goals is to have a Japanese astronaut walk on the surface of the moon.

“The frontier of space gives hope and dreams to humanity,” waxed Kishida before transitioning to more practical reasons for going to the moon with “and it is also an important foundation for securing the stability of economic society.”

With Japan’s JAXA space agency not in the practice of launching manned spacecraft, the path to Kishida’s ambition of having a Japanese astronaut become the first non-American to walk on the moon appears to be the country’s participation in the Artemis Project, a NASA-led initiative seeking to carry out the first manned lunar landing since Apollo 17 in 1972.

Among the other topics discussed at the Strategic Headquarters for Space Development meeting were the importance of coordination between the Japanese government and private sector in developing supply vehicles and a new lunar rover for the Artemis Project, as well as efforts to advance techniques and technology for generating solar energy in space.

The Strategic Headquarters for Space Development hopes to have a Japanese astronaut on the surface of the moon by the late 2020s.

Sources: NHK News Web, TBS News via Yahoo! Japan News via Jin

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Really?! There aren’t any other wasteful pointless ways to spend our money?!

9 ( +15 / -6 )

The frontier of space none of our concern for this century. At least not until we save the earth from climate change. Do we really need to have someone walk on the moon? Is already been done anyway. I rather they spend the money on helping companies switch to more renewable energy.

8 ( +18 / -10 )

What’s the point? Cure coronavirus first.

8 ( +16 / -8 )

Sigh, what all of the complainers are missing is that by sending a robot to the Moon Japan learns a lot of engineering lessons that have wider application. You can thank the space program for the fax and digital photography among many other technologies we take for granted here on Earth. The best way to learn is hands on. Reading books only gets you so far. Japan is going small to keep costs down but there is no substitute for actually going out and doing it. And don't start complaining when the team encounters problems and delays. Solving unexpected problems is where the real learning occurs, and it that hard earned experience that develops seasoned professionals.

6 ( +11 / -5 )

We should spend the money cleaning up the earth first.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Apart from the things needed on Earth itself, there are other things I would rather see them working on. Anti-gravity, faster than light speed drive or jump technology through an artificially generated worm hole or bending space. All Science fiction until it is done, as walking on the moon used to be science fantasy. The moon was done over 50 years ago. Time to aim bigger.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

No thanks not on our taxes. What the point of repeating history by going to the moon? In habitable planet and our taxes are used

4 ( +17 / -13 )

The lessons learnt from this could become useful for aeronautical engineering so maybe it's not a complete waste of money

4 ( +7 / -3 )

Japan just want to try and show off and get fame is the key point of going to the moon

2 ( +16 / -14 )

idiotic

2 ( +9 / -7 )

To all the naysayers above - if you're interested in 'saving the Earth', then you ought to be interested in commercial fusion reactors; and if you're interested in fusion, you'll be interested in sourcing helium-3; and if you're interested in helium-3, you'll be interested in mining lunar regolith. So there are good reasons for this renewed space race, especially if you think we should be focused on decarbonizing the economy.

1 ( +8 / -7 )

Awaiting debut of LNR48.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

USA going to the Moon they spent 10x more in 1969 then Japan will spend to do the same achievement in present time.

Being the 2nd country on Planet Earth to land on the Moon with a human is a great achievement that will be remembered in the history books.

Last time USA went to the Moon its been 50 years ago. Even America has not returned since the 1970s.

Japan would be the 2nd country on Earth to land on the Moon and the 1 first country in Asia to do so before China does.

The scientific breakthroughs on the Moon and in Space can help with climate change, can help economically, and we can learn more about the Universe, Moon and Earth.

Spending on Research and Development, in Space and on exploration. It's Never a Waste of Money.

0 ( +10 / -10 )

The moon……

How about worrying about getting real people in and out of other countries first?

Why the sudden interest Kishida?

Just because that rich guy went there recently?

Never mind trends, focus on issues, fool.

0 ( +8 / -8 )

Going to the moon is also the first stop in mining asteroids. Japan is not thinking about space exploration, Japan is thinking of space exploitation.

0 ( +6 / -6 )

Go for it. This Earth has been cursed anyway..

0 ( +2 / -2 )

I'm a little disappointed, was waiting for someone to say this will be first as the first one was a fake =)

But not completely disappointed, as expected, the idiots will immediately say this is an idiot idea

0 ( +4 / -4 )

Who is going to pay for this latest popularity stunt for Kishida?

0 ( +4 / -4 )

Nippon, China got three person in orbit right now, without other countries Help Google Chinese In Orbit

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Apart from the things needed on Earth itself, there are other things I would rather see them working on. Anti-gravity, faster than light speed drive or jump technology through an artificially generated worm hole or bending space. All Science fiction until it is done, as walking on the moon used to be science fantasy. The moon was done over 50 years ago. Time to aim bigger.

There is some tantalizing hints that we may already have anti-gravity technology in the form of the TR-3B Astra and those Tic-Tacs" video recorded by the US Navy, and perhaps we also have the ability to exceed the speed of light in the form of the ARV, or Alien Reproduction Vehicle.

https://www.unacknowledged.info/arv-alien-reproduction-vehicle-documentary/

The physics of anti-gravity is interesting:

https://rense.com/general30/yrb3.htm

There are enough very clear videos of the craft make it hard now to deny it exists. My team lead, a no-nonsense engineer not prone to flights of fancy, has seen it in broad daylight in the desert. It basically rose up above a berm alongside the road he was on, then descended below the berm again, and I saw the tell-tale lights over our desert valley one night.

Here are your flying saucers, based on some aerodynamic experiments conducted by the Germans during WWII:

http://www.laesieworks.com/ifo/lib/USDiscWing.html

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Unfortunately the executive Japanese governments are busying themselves with preparing to fight Russia & China, following orders from Washington. Concentrating on good relations with these two great neighbors has far more prospects & positive results than being a vassal of the White house.

China and Russia view Japan the same way a wolf sees a deer. China in particular sees all of the surrounding nations in Asia as their rightful vassals as they try to re-create the Middle Kingdom of centuries past when all of China's neighbors paid tribute to China and did only what China allowed them to do. Don't be naive and think either nation has good intentions towards their neighbors. Without US forces Japan would be carved up like the Ukraine and Georgia are.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Better use that money for your new capitalism wage rises in April instead blowing it up for nothing on the Moon.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Better use that money for your new capitalism wage rises in April instead blowing it up for nothing on the Moon.

How can you possibly say scientific advancement is "blowing it up for nothing on the Moon"? In any event nothing spent on the moon project could be used to increase private sector salaries. Japan is one of the lower tax burden nations among the three dozen nations in the OECD and its perennial budget deficits are testament to that fact.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

As long as they send talento, I got no problem with that.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Very good news!

Hope we can find the moon bunny there.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Unfortunately the executive Japanese governments are busying themselves with preparing to fight Russia & China, following orders from Washington. Concentrating on good relations with these two great neighbors has far more prospects & positive results than being a vassal of the White house.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

For the money spent on this, highway tolls could be canceled, free petrol for a year, tax on food canceled. Unemployment and pensions raised, the pension scam propped up. And still money left over. But national pride trumps national sense.

-2 ( +5 / -7 )

“the path to Kishida’s ambition of having a Japanese astronaut become the first non-American to walk on the moon appears to be the country’s participation in the Artemis Project, a NASA-led initiative seeking to carry out the first manned lunar landing since Apollo 17 in 1972.”

Basically Japan will try to support the NASA and hope to get a ticket on board. Then the Japanese astronaut will be the first to go through a 14-days government imposed quarantine upon returning to earth because you know, aliens bring covid to Japan…

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

“When a wise man points at the moon the imbecile examines the finger.” (Confucius)

While in Japan:

“When a wise man points at (the situation in) Japan the imbecile J-gov examines the moon.”

The moon will still be there in a few decades and can wait. Hungry kids in Japan may not last that long.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Maybe Kishida wants to go one further and put a 7-11, a pachinko shop, and a karaoke place there!

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

space the new frontier!

If japan doesn’t want to get left behind this is the only solution.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

“The frontier of space gives hope and dreams to humanity,” waxed Kishida before transitioning to more practical reasons for going to the moon with “and it is also an important foundation for securing the stability of economic society.”

I would have thought that preventing road accidents and installing proper walkways, escalators and crossings would be far better for securing stability in Japan?

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

By establishing a base on the moon, Japan can effectively control interplanetary space , nothing can escape or enter Earth orbit without paying tribute to the Emperor!

"ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US"

-6 ( +4 / -10 )

The price of hubris.

-7 ( +3 / -10 )

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