India, Japan working on lunar sample return mission

Rodiano Bonacci
Novembre 17, 2017

"We are looking at a possible joint lunar mission which is still in a very preliminary stage".

Speaking on the sidelines of the 24th meeting of the Asia Pacific Regional Space Agency forum, ISRO chairman A S Kiran Kumar and JAXA director Naoki Okumura said that the two agencies have begun exploring the possibility of combining forces for a joint lunar mission. Heads of space agencies of 10 countries from the Asia-Pacific region, government bodies and industries related to space were at the event.

There's also something to be said for the increase in experience that this mission will provide-training up experts on how to successfully launch a mission to the moon will come in handy in the future, as these commercial projects start taking off at an increased rate.

Dr. Okamura said that with this collaboration, "India and Japan will lead the space sector in the Asia Pacific region".

Heads of space agencies from countries like India, Indonesia, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, South Korea, Israel, Thailand, France and Russian Federation had participated in the forum.

The two countries are also having discussions on making use of their space technologies for providing inputs on weather monitoring, and also look to generate inputs together for climate change studies, he added.

ISRO sent its first orbiter mission to moon, Chandrayaan-1, in 2008 and plans a lander rover mission by March 2018.

The space agency heads of both the countries asserted that working together through collaborations is advantageous for the countries as the resources are shared.

Heads of space agencies from India, Indonesia, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, South Korea, Israel, Thailand, France and Russian Federation had participated in the forum.

As the world prepares for an era of commercial space exploration, plenty of different countries are looking to get in on the act, setting up their own space agencies, and dreaming up big missions to colonize distant planets.

Altre relazioniGrafFiotech

Discuti questo articolo

Segui i nostri GIORNALE