Thursday, June 14, 2007

Japan Heading For Lunar Orbit In August Authentic NASA Toys and Replicas

With the recent setback of the Chinese lunar orbiter, Japan may be able to beat its Asian rival towards Earth's nearest neighbor.

Although the samurai nation has yet to demonstrate an ability to launch a human into space, their lunar satellite will nonetheless aid in our path to colonizing the moon by providing invaluable data of its surface.

( All systems are finally go for Japan's first lunar orbiter, which is scheduled for launch on Aug. 16, officials announced today. [...]

JAXA says the SELENE project is the largest lunar mission since the U.S. Apollo program.

It involves placing a main satellite in orbit at an altitude of about 60 miles and deploying two smaller satellites in polar orbits. Researchers will use data gathered by the probes to study the moon's origin and evolution.

Hopefully this mission will not only narrow down habitation sites in the polar regions (where the Sun never sets) but also locate resources throughout this cream colored world. If the Japanese are able to locate places of interest, they may be able to use that information with NASA in exchange for a lift to the lunar surface.

Hopefully Japan will be able to pull this mission off in a couple of months, as it would help boost the appeal of traveling to the stars not only within Japan, but internationally as well.

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  1. As every day, I enjoy your posts. With all the attention given to China, it is easy to forget that Japan is still the world's 2nd biggest economy and will be until about 2020. They are also part of many Space projects like ISS. Certainly they have the technological ability to be a big player in Space.

  2. Hey Louise,

    Thanks for stopping by!

    I sure hope that Japan can catch up to China as they would make an awesome ally in our quest to colonize the cosmos.

    Although JAXA has yet to get a solid push from their government (a problem all too common in western democracies) they do have a lot of potential--if they can get the funds to back them up.


You can either visit the stars or watch them from afar.

But if you choose the former, you'll definitely get a better view.

~Darnell Clayton, 2007

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