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Sep. 7, 2018 Updated
NASA-JAXA Joint Statement on Collaborative Efforts for Lunar Exploration and Beyond

On August 27, 2018, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) signed a “Joint Statement on Collaborative Efforts for Lunar Exploration and Beyond.”

Responding to the letter from NASA Administrator Mr. Jim Bridenstine to JAXA President Mr. Hiroshi Yamakawa dated August 9, 2018 in which NASA invited Japan to participate in the NASA Exploration Campaign, including a “Gateway” platform orbiting the Moon, and under the common understanding that the exploration architecture could benefit from contributions and technological expertise from NASA and JAXA, the agencies recognized that the advanced features of Japanese technology such as HTV-X could increase sustainability and capacity to support diverse mission objectives in cis-lunar space and on the lunar surface.

The agencies also took note on the key role of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion to transport humans to the cislunar region, including the Gateway, as well as JAXA’s intent to provide a subset of the critical functions of the Gateway.

Additionally, the agencies affirmed their intentions to continue joint discussions to seek out opportunities for collaborating in exploration on and beyond the Moon by utilizing robotic spacecraft, landers, and rovers.

Both agencies will initiate concrete proposals on their share of responsibilities to obtain endorsement from their respective stakeholders.

JAXA Mr.Koichi Wakata (left) and NASA Mr.William H. Gerstenmaier (right)

 Mr.Koichi Wakata, Vice President and Director General, Human Space Flight Technology Directorate, JAXA
 Mr.William H. Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, NASA

Sep. 7, 2018 Updated
Symposium celebrating the 160th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and Japan. "Exploring space together: Astronauts' point of view"

We will hold a symposium themed France-Japan Space Cooperation as part of the 160th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and Japan.

ESA Astronaut Thomas Pesquet, JAXA Astronaut Norishige Kanai and Soichi Noguchi will join the symposium, and they will describe their mission and have a panel discussion.

We are sincerely looking forward to you attending the symposium.

19 September 2018 14:00-17:00 At : Yasuda Auditorium, The University of Tokyo
Organized by : CNES/Embassy of France, JAXA and School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Language : Japanese and English (Simultaneous interpretation) (text captioning system is available)
Admission Fee :  Free
Seating Capacity :  900 seats   * First-come, first-served basis.
Registration :  Please register here.

14:00             :  Opening remarks,
14:00-14:45 :  Mission report by Astronaut Thomas Pesquet
14:45-15:00 :  Mission report by Astronaut Norishige Kanai
15:00-15:30 :  Cross Talk, Pesquet / Kanai on significance value of ISS incl. discussion with audience
15:30-15:50 :  Pause
15:50-16:05 :  Expectation for the next mission, by Astronaut Soichi Noguchi
16:05-16:50 :  Panel discussion "From the low earth orbit to the Lunar, Mars exploration"
16:50-16:55 :  Delivery of OFK (Official Flight Kit), from School of Engineering to Astronaut Soichi Noguch
16:55-17:00 :  Closing remarks

Symposium celebrating the 160th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and Japan. "Exploring space together: Astronauts' point of view"

Jul. 25, 2018 Updated
Imaging Ryugu from an altitude of 6km

Hayabusa2 arrived at asteroid Ryugu on June 27, after which the spacecraft remained at a distance of about 20km (the Home Position) to continue to observe the asteroid. During this time, the spacecraft was maintaining a hovering altitude of 20km above the asteroid surface.
In the week of July 16, operations were begun to lower this hovering altitude, eventually bringing the spacecraft to less than 6km from the asteroid surface. One of the images taken at that time is shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1:
Asteroid Ryugu from an altitude of 6km. Image was captured with the Optical Navigation Camera - Telescopic (ONC-T) on July 20, 2018 at around 16:00 JST.
Image credit : JAXA, University of Tokyo, Kochi University, Rikkyo University, Nagoya University, Chiba Institute of Technology, Meiji University, University of Aizu, AIST.

※Please use the displayed credit when reproducing these images. In the case where an abbreviated form is necessary, please write "JAXA, University of Tokyo & collaborators".

Imaging Ryugu from an altitude of 6km

Jul. 17, 2018 Updated
Bremen Town Hall Exhibits Hayabusa2 and Mascot, July 10 to October 14

The Bremen City Hall, Bremen, Germany houses on exhibit the JAXA asteroid explorer Hayabusa2, and MASCOT, the onboard lander MASCOT, developed by DLR (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, English: The German Aerospace Center) and CNES (The Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales, English: French National Centre for Space Studies). The City Hall, UNESCO World Heritage Site accommodates the exhibits July 10 through October 14.
Home to thriving space and science researches, the city will hold the IAC (International Astronautical Congress), the world’s biggest space conference this October. DLR and private space businesses are teaming up for the country’s robust space industry.
Please visit the exhibit amid the richness of the history that the architecture offers.

At 9:35 am Japan Time, June 27, Hayabusa2 rendezvoused with Ryugu, the target asteroid. Keeping its 20-kilometer distance away from the asteroid, or its home position, Hayabusa2 is being confirmed of its function that performs future operations. MASCOT will land on the asteroid around October this year for observations of the surface using four instruments.

Jul. 10, 2018 Updated
Participation of JAXA President in UNISPACE+50

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) organized UNISPACE+50 from June 18th to 21st, 2018 in Vienna International Center, Austria to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of UNISPACE I (Reference 1). More than 70 countries and organizations, and participants from ministerial level (14 participants) and heads of agencies (10 participants) participated in the conference. Ambassador Kitano, Permanent Representative and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the International Organizations in Vienna represented the Japanese delegation. Dr. Yamakawa, JAXA President, also participated in the conference.

During the high-level segment of UNISPACE+50, Dr. Yamakawa represented Japan and made a statement regarding Japan's recent space activities. He also delivered a speech during the Heads of Agencies Panel, and introduced JAXA's contributions to SDGs. He had meetings with various space agencies and signed two agreements—agreement regarding the extension of KiboCUBE cooperation programme with UNOOSA, and an implementation agreement concerning cooperation on validations, improvement, and applications of rainfall products using satellite images and ground measurements with Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). (Reference 2,3)

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