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Japanese MMX Martian Moon Probe is Unlikely to Bring Back Dangerous Martian Microbes

November 7, 2019

A Japanese research team has assessed the probability that Martian microbes that might have contaminated Mars’ moons would…
NASA to Air Rescheduled Launch, Capture of Cargo Ship to Space Station

September 23, 2019

A Japanese cargo spacecraft loaded with more than four tons of supplies, spare parts, and experiment hardware is…
Asteroid Ryugu is a “Fragile Rubble Pile”

August 28, 2019

When Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft arrived at asteroid Ryugu in June 2018, it carried four small rovers with…
Toyota is Building a Pressurized Lunar Rover for Japan

July 25, 2019

JAXA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, is teaming up with the nation’s largest company to build a lunar…
Hayabusa 2 is the First Spacecraft to Sample the Inside of an Asteroid

July 17, 2019

Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft is now the first spacecraft to retrieve a subsurface sample from an asteroid. On…
Japanese Rovers are Now on the Surface of an Asteroid, Sending Back Amazing Pictures

October 3, 2018

In December of 2014, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the Hayabusa2 mission. As the second spacecraft…
A Japanese Company is About to Test a Tiny Space Elevator… in Space

September 11, 2018

Let’s be honest, launching things into space with rockets is a pretty inefficient way to do things. Not…
NASA Sounding Rocket Instrument Spots Signatures of Long-Sought Small Solar Flares

October 14, 2017

Like most solar sounding rockets, the second flight of the FOXSI instrument – short for Focusing Optics X-ray…
NASA TV Coverage Set for Japanese Cargo Ship Destined for Space Station

December 6, 2016

The launch of a Japanese cargo ship to the International Space Station, and its arrival at the orbiting…
Three Soyuz Crew Members Wrap Up Mission on Space Station

September 14, 2015

Three crew members from the International Space Station returned to Earth on Friday. The landing in Kazakhstan wrapped…
Ongoing Research for Crew as Trio Prepares for Friday Landing

September 10, 2015

The nine-member International Space Station crew participated in a wide variety of advanced microgravity science throughout the orbital…
NASA GPM Core Observatory’s Rehearsal Weekend at Tanegashima

February 24, 2014

On the first floor of the Spacecraft Test and Assembly building at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Tanegashima…
Global Precipitation Measurement Prepared for Launch

February 21, 2014

The Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory is scheduled to launch on Feb. 27 (EST) from Tanegashima Space Center,…
Japan scientists test tether to clear up space junk

January 16, 2014

This artist’s impression released September 1, 2011 by the European Space Agency shows the debris field in low-Earth…
NASA and Japanese space agency JAXA to launch Observatory for measuring Global Rainfall

January 2, 2014

NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) are preparing to launch a new satellite called Global Precipitation Measurement…
Japanese ‘Space Cannon’ On Track For Aiming At An Asteroid: Reports

October 25, 2013

Watch out, asteroid 1999 JU3: you’re being targeted. As several media reports reminded us, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)’s Hayabusa-2 asteroid…
A Colorful Art Project You Can Only Do In Space

October 23, 2013

Wow! That was our reaction to seeing this picture (and others) of a light show aboard the International…
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