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    Japan's moon exploration ambitions

    Japan is hoping to beat India to be the 4th country to soft land on the moon after Russia, USA and China. They well might do it if there is any more delays in the development of the GSLV MKIII.

    http://www.space-travel.com/reports/...gency_999.html

    Japan plans to launch an unmanned mission to the moon as a stepping stone to a future visit to Mars, officials and local media said Monday.

    The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) unveiled the plan for a moon lander to a council of the cabinet office and the ministry of education, culture, sports science and technology, a JAXA official said.

    If successful, Japan will be the fourth country to send an unmanned probe to the moon after Russia, the United States and China.

    "This is an initial step and a lot of procedures are still ahead before the plan is formally approved," the official said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by selvaarchi View Post
    Japan is hoping to beat India to be the 4th country to soft land on the moon after Russia, USA and China. They well might do it if there is any more delays in the development of the GSLV MKIII.

    http://www.space-travel.com/reports/...gency_999.html
    Now they are hoping for manned landings on the moon too.

    http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004090630

    "Japan hopes to join the U.S. project to construct a spaceport in lunar orbit in the latter half of the 2020s, in an effort to realize a lunar surface exploration mission by a Japanese astronaut. The government plans to submit a draft report on the project to a meeting of a governmental panel of space policy experts.

    By joining an international space probe, the nation is expected to obtain scientific results, and also boost its competitiveness in the space industry and assert Japanís leadership in the field of space utilization, the sources said."

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    It will be in 2021 that Japan hopes to go to the moon.

    http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004635427

    The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, plans to launch a small lunar landing probe on an H-2A rocket in fiscal 2021.

    The decision was reported during a meeting of the science ministry’s task force on space development and utilization on Thursday.

    The Smart Lander for Investigating Moon, or SLIM, will be launched together with a successor model of the X-ray astronomy satellite Hitomi and will target a landing on a small crater in Mare Nectaris, an area located near the moon’s equator on the side facing Earth.

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    Japan's commercial company might beat its American commercial companies to the moon with help from SpaceX.

    https://www.france24.com/en/20180926...lunar-missions

    A Japanese start-up is to send spacecraft to the moon in a deal signed with Elon Musk's SpaceX, the Tokyo-based firm said Wednesday.

    Private lunar exploration company ispace said it would blast a lander and rovers towards the moon on a SpaceX rocket on two separate missions.

    The spaceware will first orbit the moon in mid-2020, followed by a moon landing attempt set for mid-2021.
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    "Japan's 1st Moon Rover to Touch Down in 2021"

    https://www.space.com/japan-first-mo...peregrine.html

    The firsts keep rolling in for a 2021 moon mission.

    The Pittsburgh-based company Astrobotic plans to send its robotic Peregrine lander to the lunar surface in July 2021, on a mission sponsored by NASA's Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program. The flight will be the first for Peregrine and its rocket, United Launch Alliance's new Vulcan Centaur vehicle, and may mark the first successful moon landing by a private spacecraft. (Another commercial lander and CLPS awardee, Intuitive Machines' Nova-C, is scheduled to launch around the same time.)

    Peregrine will also carry the United Kingdom's first-ever moon rover, a little, four-legged craft built by London-based company Spacebit. And another little pioneer will be on the flight as well, it turns out: Japan's first lunar rover, a tiny, wheeled robot named Yaoki, which was developed by Tokyo-based company Dymon.
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