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Japan aims to put a person on the moon by late 2020s

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Japan aims to put a person on the moon by late 2020s
Japan aims to put a person on the moon by late 2020s   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  

<div> <p><span class="caps">TOKYO</span> – Japan revised the schedule of its space exploration plans on Tuesday, aiming to put a Japanese person on the moon by the latter half of the 2020s.</p> <p>“Not only is space a frontier that gives people hopes and dreams but it also provides a crucial foundation to our economic society with respect to our economic security,” Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told a meeting to finalise the plan.</p> <p>According to the draft schedule of the plan, Japan aims to put the first non-American on the moon as part of the Artemis programme, a U.S.-led initiative that aims to return astronauts to the moon.</p> <p>The plan also spells out Japan’s aspirations to launch a probe to explore Mars in 2024, as well as to find ways to generate solar electricity in space.</p> <p>Neigbouring China also aims to become a major spacefaring power by 2030, and it too plans to put astronauts on the moon, raising the prospect of an Asian space race.</p> <p>In May, China became the second country to put a rover on Mars, two years after landing the first spacecraft on the far side of the moon.</p> <p>Japan’s announcement of its space exploration targets comes a week after Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa returned to earth after spending 12 days aboard the International Space Station, becoming the first space tourist to travel to the <span class="caps">ISS</span> in more than a decade.</p> <p/> </div>