A Japanese will be the first non-American astronaut to set foot on the Moon

A Japanese will be the first non-American astronaut to set foot on the Moon

The president of USA, Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida have agreed that a Japanese astronaut will become the first non-American human to travel to the lunar surface.

A NASA statement notes the “shared goal for a Japanese citizen to be the first non-US astronaut to land on the Moon on a future Artemis mission, assuming important benchmarks are reached.”

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The announcement is part of a new agreement signed by NASA and the Japanese government to promote sustainable human exploration of the Moon.

Closed and pressurized rover

Japan will design, develop and operate a pressurized rover for crewed and unmanned exploration of the Moon. NASA will provide the launch and delivery of the rover to the Moon, as well as two opportunities for Japanese astronauts to travel to the lunar surface.

The United States and Japan signed an agreement for future missions to the Moon. (POT/)

An enclosed, pressurized rover will allow astronauts to travel further and conduct science in geographically diverse areas by serving as a mobile habitat and laboratory for astronauts to live and work for long periods of time. It will be able to house two astronauts for up to 30 days while they traverse the area near the lunar South Pole. NASA currently plans to use the pressurized rover on Artemis VII and subsequent missions for an approximate 10-year lifespan.

In addition to the agreement for lunar surface exploration, the partners will expand the framework agreement with future agreements for Japan’s participation in NASA’s Dragonfly mission to Titan and the Nancy Grace Roman space telescope. The United States and Japan also intend to collaborate on JAXA’s next-generation solar observing satellite, SOLAR-C, which will investigate the mysteries of solar atmospheres by making observations of the Sun’s ultraviolet radiation.

NASA will also provide an opportunity for a Japanese astronaut to serve as a crew member for Gateway – the lunar orbital station project – on a future Artemis mission, and Japan will provide Gateway’s environmental control and life support and cargo transportation systems.

Source: Elcomercio