Today Japan revealed its ambitious plan to put an astronaut on the Moon by 2030. A new proposal from the country’s space agency would see astronaut venturing beyond the International Space Station by the end of the next decade.
The announcement marks the first time the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has publically stated it aims to send its’ astronaut beyond the International Space Station.
The first step of the plan would see Japanese astronauts joining a NASA-led mission (in 2025) to build a space station in the moon’s orbit. This forms part of NASA’s long term plan to reach Mars.
JAXA believes that by contributing to the multinational mission – and sharing its technology – it will be able to ‘land’ a coveted spot at the station and use that as a jumping off point to send its own team to the moon.
The plan was announced at education ministry panel on Friday. A spoke-persons explained that a formal blueprint would be presented next year. The announcement follows similar announcements from India and China who both wish to develop their own space programmes.