In addition, the document will reflect the countries’ intentions to conclude in 2023 an agreement on cooperation between the two countries in the space field, designed for several decades.
The Japanese and U.S. authorities intend to sign a document on sending Japanese astronauts to the Moon as part of the Earth satellite exploration program during President Joe Biden’s planned visit to Tokyo next week. Kyodo news agency reported this on Thursday, citing sources.
It is noted that the document will also address the issue of participation of astronauts from Japan in the work of the future station in orbit of the Moon. In addition, it will reflect the intentions of Japan and the United States to conclude in 2023 an agreement on cooperation between the two countries in the space field, designed for several decades.
In the spring of 2019, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced a draft program for the exploration and exploration of the Moon Artemis. At its third stage, it is planned to land astronauts on the Earth’s satellite approximately in the late 2020s, and then send them to Mars around the mid-2030s.
Tokyo in 2019 announced its decision to join the American lunar program. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan and NASA have signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of research of the Earth’s natural satellite. We are talking about cooperation in the supply of equipment, the exchange of data on the lunar surface and the joint creation of a lunar rover.