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JAXA Washington DC Office Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Washington DC Office The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) was born through the merger of three institutions, namely the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), the National Aerospace Laboratory of Japan (NAL) and the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA).

It was designated as a core performance agency to support the Japanese government's overall aerospace development and utilization. JAXA, therefore, can conduct integrated operations from basic research and development, to utilization. JAXA became a National Research and Development Agency in April 2015, and took a new step forward to achieve optimal R&D achievements for Japan, according to the government's purpose of establishing a national R&D agency.

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We are excited to announce that Space BD Inc. and JAXA signed a contract for HTV-X1’s microsatellites demo deployment! H...
10/29/2020

We are excited to announce that Space BD Inc. and JAXA signed a contract for HTV-X1’s microsatellites demo deployment!

HTV-X’s advanced orbit change capability makes it possible to deploy satellites at higher altitudes than the ISS, creating new possibilities for satellite projects. Space BD’s services include user development and integration, among other responsibilities.

Additional information can be found in the press release (in Japanese):
https://www.jaxa.jp/press/2020/10/20201029-1_j.html

Fantastic news! NASA’s OSIRIS-REx is hurrying its way back to Earth following the successful capturing of asteroid sampl...
10/28/2020
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Collects Significant Amount of Asteroid

Fantastic news!
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx is hurrying its way back to Earth following the successful capturing of asteroid sample!
"Rocks and dust" never sounded so exciting.
NASA and JAXA are planning sample swaps (Bennu's and Ryugu's samples) after OSIRIS-REx's safe return.

https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-s-osiris-rex-spacecraft-collects-significant-amount-of-asteroid

Two days after touching down on asteroid Bennu, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission team received on Thursday, Oct. 22, images that confirm the spacecraft has collected more than enough material to meet one of its main mission requirements – acquiring at least 2 ounces (60 grams) of the asteroid’s surfa...

Crew-1 is now set to launch Nov. 14 at 7:49 p.m. EDT (Nov. 15 at 9:49 a.m. JST). 🚀Best of luck to JAXA's astronaut Soich...
10/28/2020
NASA, SpaceX Invite Media to Crew-1 Mission Update, Target New Date

Crew-1 is now set to launch Nov. 14 at 7:49 p.m. EDT (Nov. 15 at 9:49 a.m. JST). 🚀
Best of luck to JAXA's astronaut Soichi Noguchi and his crewmates from NASA, Shannon Walker, Victor Glover and Mike Hopkins!!

https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-spacex-invite-media-to-crew-1-mission-update-target-new-launch-date

NASA and SpaceX now are targeting 7:49 p.m. EST Saturday, Nov. 14, for the launch of the first crew rotation mission to the International Space Station as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program.

10/20/2020
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Can't wait to see what they find 200 million miles away!! Later on, NASA and JAXA are expected to swap OSIRIS-REx's sample with our Hayabusa 2 sample from Ryugu to study them!

Let's do this, OSIRIS-REx! Time to journey #ToBennuAndBack. Tune in to our live broadcast as NASA's OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission descends to the surface of asteroid Bennu, touches down for a few seconds & attempts to capture regolith (rocks and dust) using a “Touch-And-Go,” or TAG, maneuver. The spacecraft must target Bennu’s rocky surface with great accuracy, touching down within a rocky area just 52 ft (16 m) in diameter. During the maneuver, the spacecraft and the asteroid will be approximately 207 million miles (334 million km) from Earth.

Live coverage from Lockheed Martin's facility in Denver, Colorado, with mission managers from The University of Arizona, Lockheed Martin, and NASA Goddard begins at 5 p.m. EDT.

The spacecraft is scheduled to depart Bennu in 2021, and to deliver the collected sample to Earth on Sep. 24, 2023. It will be the first U.S. mission to carry samples from an asteroid back to Earth, and the largest sample returned from space since the Apollo era.

The launch of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission — which includes astronaut Soichi Noguchi of JAXA — has been rescheduled for ...
10/11/2020
NASA, SpaceX Crew-1 Launch Update – Commercial Crew Program

The launch of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission — which includes astronaut Soichi Noguchi of JAXA — has been rescheduled for early-to-mid November to allow time to address potential issues with Falcon 9, the launch vehicle’s first engine gas generators. 🚀

https://blogs.nasa.gov/commercialcrew/2020/10/10/nasa-spacex-crew-1-launch-update/

NASA, SpaceX Crew-1 Launch Update Mission specialist Shannon Walker, left, pilot Victor Glover, Crew Dragon commander Michael Hopkins – all NASA astronauts – and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut and mission specialist Soichi Noguchi, right, will launch to the International Spa...

Did you know when you are on the Moon, you receive 200 times more radiation than when standing on Earth's ground? JAXA a...
10/06/2020

Did you know when you are on the Moon, you receive 200 times more radiation than when standing on Earth's ground?

JAXA and its research partners found that the vertical holes of lava tubes on the lunar surface can reduce one's space radiation exposure by as much as 90%!

You can read more about this fascinating discovery at the link below!

The research was conducted by JAXA, a research group of Waseda Univ. and the National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology.

https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1361-6498/abb120

Watch history unfold as JAXA’s Soichi Noguchi and three other astronauts from NASA lift off aboard SpaceX Crew-1 on Oct....
09/29/2020
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Watch history unfold as JAXA’s Soichi Noguchi and three other astronauts from NASA lift off aboard SpaceX Crew-1 on Oct. 31!!!
The launch will be 2:40 am EDT, 3:40 pm JST!
🚀🌏💫

This will be the 1st operational Crew Dragon mission to the International Space Station!!

(Link in Japanese)
astro-mission.jaxa.jp/noguchi/

野口宇宙飛行士のISSミッションや活動レポートなど、最新情報をお届けします。今回搭載が決定した宇宙日本食や、BEAMSが開発したミッション用の服も紹介中!

JAXA and ANA will now use passenger flights as a tool to combat global warming! JAXA’s equipment aboard ANA’s flights ca...
09/29/2020

JAXA and ANA will now use passenger flights as a tool to combat global warming!

JAXA’s equipment aboard ANA’s flights can measure CO2 in the atmosphere from the wavelength of the sunlight reflected off the ground. We will then combine the data with satellite data to identify the carbon footprints of different human activities in metropolis areas.

The equipment takes advantage of the technology used for “Ibuki” (a global climate observation system, or GCOS)’s greenhouse gas emission system. It will be first used on flights between Tokyo and Fukuoka, Japan.

This research will help us not only to evaluate the effectiveness of remote sensing in this type of measurement/analysis, but also to take detailed greenhouse gas measurement by sources.

Ryugu has some brightly illuminating boulders, which likely resulted from a collision between Ryugu’s parent body and on...
09/23/2020

Ryugu has some brightly illuminating boulders, which likely resulted from a collision between Ryugu’s parent body and one or more S-type asteroids!
Here are some images of those boulders captured by Hayabusa2’s optical navigation camera (ONC). We cannot wait to find out more when the samples return!

https://global.jaxa.jp/press/2020/09/20200922-1_e.html

We will soon be getting super close and personal with Mars and its moons! JAXA and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) ...
09/12/2020

We will soon be getting super close and personal with Mars and its moons!
JAXA and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) are working together to develop a “Super Hi-Vision Camera” to capture the world’s first 8K images of the Martian system! This will be for JAXA’s Martian Moons eXploration (MMX) spacecraft, which is slated for a launch in Japanese FY 2024!

https://global.jaxa.jp/press/2020/09/20200910-2_e.html

JAXA’s new-generation H3 launch vehicle is now expected to be launched in Japanese FY2021, pushed back from FY2020 as pr...
09/12/2020

JAXA’s new-generation H3 launch vehicle is now expected to be launched in Japanese FY2021, pushed back from FY2020 as previously scheduled, after the agency identified a technical issue with the LE-9 first-stage engine.
The new schedule will provide JAXA with the time to address the problem for a successful first test flight!

https://global.jaxa.jp/press/2020/09/20200911-2_e.html

It's indeed the plasma waves! 💫Thanks to the various cutting-edge instruments installed at the International Space Stati...
09/08/2020

It's indeed the plasma waves! 💫

Thanks to the various cutting-edge instruments installed at the International Space Station, a group of Japanese research organizations that includes JAXA was able to confirm that plasma waves as the cause of relativistic electron precipitation (REP), or an “electric downpour,” observed at the ISS. This will help scientists find better ways to protect ISS astronauts as well as satellites from radiation exposures. 🛰

The research group analyzed the data collected from the radiation measuring instruments installed on Kibo (the Japanese experiment module at ISS) and from Arase, the scientific satellite. The group is comprised of the National Institute of Polar Research, Waseda University, JAXA, National Institute of Technology, Ibaraki College, Nagoya University, Kyoto University, Kanazawa University and the University of Electro-Communications, among others.

Call me "Lunar Cruiser"! JAXA and Toyota just announced the name for the crewed lunar rover that they are jointly develo...
08/28/2020

Call me "Lunar Cruiser"!

JAXA and Toyota just announced the name for the crewed lunar rover that they are jointly developing. The pressurized vehicle -- which uses fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) technologies -- is designed to withstand the harsh conditions of the moon.

https://global.jaxa.jp/press/2020/08/20200828-1_e.html

Goodbye, Kounotori!!The HTV-9 cargo spacecraft re-entered the atmosphere earlier today, marking the end of our successfu...
08/20/2020

Goodbye, Kounotori!!

The HTV-9 cargo spacecraft re-entered the atmosphere earlier today, marking the end of our successful 11-year run with the HTV program. (It’s actually been 25 years when the early-stage discussions and all the preparations are included.)

Thank you to all who’ve made it such an extraordinary journey!!

https://global.jaxa.jp/press/2020/08/20200820-2_e.html

This is how the Hayabusa2 re-entry capsule will make it back to Earth! With the Australian government's authorization of...
08/19/2020

This is how the Hayabusa2 re-entry capsule will make it back to Earth!

With the Australian government's authorization of the re-entry capsule earlier this month, the capsule containing asteroid samples is now officially expected to land in the Woomera Prohibited Area in South Australia on December 6, 2020 (Japan Time and Australian Time).

https://global.jaxa.jp/press/2020/08/20200819-1_e.html

Thank you, Kounotori!!We bid farewell to Kounotori 9, our last H-II transfer vehicle, as it makes its way toward Earth's...
08/19/2020

Thank you, Kounotori!!
We bid farewell to Kounotori 9, our last H-II transfer vehicle, as it makes its way toward Earth's atmosphere.

The cargo spacecraft was released into the orbit from the International Space Station at 1:37 p.m. EDT, Tuesday (2:37 a.m. JST on Wednesday). It's expected to burn up following its re-entry into Earth's atmosphere shortly after 3 a.m. EDT (4 p.m. JST) on Aug. 20.

The photo was captured by the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS).

We can hardly wait to see them lift off!!
08/16/2020

We can hardly wait to see them lift off!!

Shannon Walker.
Victor Glover.
Michael Hopkins.
Soichi Noguchi.

These four astronauts are launching to the International Space Station this fall aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon. Download this poster and more from the NASA Commercial Crew Program: https://go.nasa.gov/2DT8hDY

Kounotori 9 (HTV9) is set to re-enter the atmosphere on Aug. 20! This will mark the completion of HTV's final mission be...
08/12/2020

Kounotori 9 (HTV9) is set to re-enter the atmosphere on Aug. 20!
This will mark the completion of HTV's final mission before HTV-X replaces it. I hope you will join us in celebrating this special occasion!

・Departure from the ISS: Aug. 19 @2:35 a.m. JST
・Re-entry: August 20 @4:07 p.m. JST

The time may vary according to the actual operation. For more info, please visit: https://iss.jaxa.jp/en/htv/mission/htv-9/

Congratulations to the winners of the Space Apps COVID-19 Challenge!!https://covid19.spaceappschallenge.org/awardsThe si...
08/05/2020

Congratulations to the winners of the Space Apps COVID-19 Challenge!!

https://covid19.spaceappschallenge.org/awards

The six top-award-winning teams came up with such brilliant ideas to mitigate various problems that have been brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.

We are so proud to have worked with NASA (USA), ESA (Europe), CNES (France) and CSA (Canada) to organize this competition, which had more than 2,000 teams from 150 countries participating, bringing forward 1,422 potential solutions to the pandemic-related challenges. JAXA contributed to the competition by providing our Earth observation satellite data and having some of us serve as judges.

This is an extraordinary difficult time for all of us. We would like to thank all the participants for rising to the occasion!!

I hope you join us in celebrating the six winning teams' and 34 finalists' innovative projects by visiting the following site:
https://covid19.spaceappschallenge.org/awards

NASA: NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
ESA: European Space Agency
CNES: The National Centre for Space Studies
CSA: Canadian Space Agency

08/02/2020
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Welcome home, Bob and Doug!!
Congratulations to the entire #LaunchAmerica on the successful mission!!

LIVE NOW: NASA Astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley are being extracted from SpaceX’s Dragon Endeavour spacecraft.

07/31/2020
NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover

Check out the link: go.nasa.gov/30eh63z
You can track in real time the location of the Perseverance Mars rover!

🪐

It’s back to normal operations for me as I cruise to Mars. I put over a million miles on the odometer yesterday. Roughly 290 million miles to go in my #CountdownToMars.

Latest status: go.nasa.gov/2P9xoo0

Follow my flight path: go.nasa.gov/30eh63z

07/30/2020
Liftoff of NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover

What a fantastic liftoff!! Congratulations to NASA and everyone involved in the Mars 2020 mission! 🚀

We will be watching you, Perseverance, and cheering you on all the way to Mars!!

https://youtu.be/69rn7zBddPw?t=17

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 541 rocket, carrying NASA's Mars Perseverance rover, lifts off from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Stat...

Why are we seeing a rush of probe launches to Mars? 🚀The reason may fascinate you! #Mars2020🌏🪐💫http://mmx-news.isas.jaxa...
07/30/2020
Why is everyone launching a Mars probe now?

Why are we seeing a rush of probe launches to Mars? 🚀
The reason may fascinate you! #Mars2020
🌏🪐💫

http://mmx-news.isas.jaxa.jp/?p=1200&lang=en

This month, three different Mars probes left for the red planet, including the UAE’s Hope Mars Mission and China’s Tianwen-1 Mars probe and rover, with the U.S. Perseverance rover to follow later this week. But why is everyone launching a Mars mission now? Has there been a sudden boom in Mars

07/29/2020
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

16 hours to go!! Wishing Perseverance's successful launch!!

Was there once life on Mars? Our Perseverance rover aims to find it out! On Thursday, July 30, watch our new robotic astrobiologist launch on a seven-month journey to the Red Planet.

Tune in to our live launch broadcast starting at 7 a.m. EDT. Teams are targeting 7:50 a.m. EDT for liftoff of Perseverance atop United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Don’t forget to set a reminder to join us in the #CountdownToMars – you won’t want to miss this historic mission take flight!

Learn more about the mission: https://www.nasa.gov/perseverance

JAXA's astronaut Akihiko Hoside will head to the International Space Station on SpaceX's Crew-2 next spring!!This will b...
07/28/2020

JAXA's astronaut Akihiko Hoside will head to the International Space Station on SpaceX's Crew-2 next spring!!

This will be his third space trip. It's fantastic news as he's been training to stay at the ISS for an extended period of time!

The photo is from his previous flight in 2012.

Let's welcome these heroes back to Earth on Aug. 2!!
07/25/2020

Let's welcome these heroes back to Earth on Aug. 2!!

Mark your calendar! 📅

We will provide live coverage of the return of NASA Astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to Earth in SpaceX's Dragon “Endeavour” spacecraft. They're scheduled to leave the International Space Station at 7:34 p.m. EDT Aug. 1 and splash down at 2:42 p.m. EDT Aug. 2. Get more details: https://go.nasa.gov/2D7Kkbq

With Hayabusa2’s sample capsule scheduled to return to Earth this year, the project team is considering expanding the mi...
07/22/2020
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With Hayabusa2’s sample capsule scheduled to return to Earth this year, the project team is considering expanding the mission to explore another asteroid, potentially either 2001 AV43 or 1998 KY26.

How exciting!!

https://twitter.com/haya2e_jaxa/status/1285864588622192640?s=20

“The Hayabusa2 project is considering an extended mission after returning the capsule to Earth. Plans have been narrowed down to 2 possible candidate targets: asteroids 2001 AV43 or 1998 KY26. Both are small & fast spinning objects, which is a type that has not yet been explored.”

We are so happy to see the historic and successful launch of the Hope probe from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan!!...
07/20/2020

We are so happy to see the historic and successful launch of the Hope probe from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan!!! Go Hope, all the way to Mars!!!

لحظة إطلاق مسبار الأمل..#العرب_إلى_المريخ #أول_عد_تنازلي_عربي

The moment of the launch of the Hope Probe
#HopeMarsMission

Twitter: MartianMoons@JAXA“The 🇦🇪 #HopeMarsMission successfully launched from Tanegashima Space Center today at 6:58:14 ...
07/20/2020
火星衛星探査計画 (MMX) on Twitter

Twitter: [email protected]
“The 🇦🇪 #HopeMarsMission successfully launched from Tanegashima Space Center today at 6:58:14 am JST! 🚀 The separation of the H-IIA rocket has been confirmed. Congratulations to the whole team and welcome, everyone, to the @HopeMarsMission! ✨🛰”

https://twitter.com/mmx_jaxa_jp/status/1284994418273968128?s=21

“本日7月20日、日本時間午前6時58分14秒、アラブ首長国連邦🇦🇪の #Hope火星探査機 🛰️は種子島宇宙センターから打ち上げられ、H-IIAロケット🚀からの分離が確認されました。打ち上げ成功おめでとうございます、そして...

07/17/2020

【UPDATE】The launch of UAE’s HOPE Mars probe aboard H-IIA F42 now scheduled for MON, 7/20 @6:58 a.m. JST (SUN, 7/19, 5:58 pm EDT)!

Interested in making a career change? The space industry may just be for you! Tomorrow, Friday, June 17, from 2-3 p.m., ...
07/16/2020
【JAXA×BIZ NEWS】宇宙分野で働くイメージをクリアにするインターネットライブseries2!

Interested in making a career change? The space industry may just be for you!
Tomorrow, Friday, June 17, from 2-3 p.m., Japan time, (1-2 am EDT), METI and JAXA are co-hosting a FREE ONLINE SPACE CAREER FORUM, which is designed for ALL types of professionals with varied skill sets.
This is the second forum in the series, featuring several industry leaders who will talk about career opportunities. (You can watch the first forum held June 30 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDu-dTOTod8)

This forum will be held in Japanese. (English captions *may be* available.)

For more information, please visit:
https://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000000033.000043170.html

JAXA新事業促進部のプレスリリース(2020年7月13日 18時34分) JAXA×BIZ NEWS 宇宙分野で働くイメージをクリアにするインターネットライブseries2!

07/16/2020
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Let’s start the day by watching NASA astronauts Chris Cassidy and Robert Behnken take a spacewalk tomorrow!

July 16
7:35 a.m. EDT
20:35 JST

🛰💫🌍

Coffee + spacewalk = breakfast of champions. ✔️ Join us on Thursday, July 16 at 7:35 a.m. EDT, as NASA Astronauts Chris Cassidy and Robert Behnken venture outside the International Space Station. This will be the first spacewalk in a series of two which complete power upgrades outside the orbital lab. The duo plan to remove five of six older nickel-hydrogen batteries for the truss’ power system and install three new lithium-ion batteries, as well as accompanying hardware. Start your day with us, and set a reminder to watch!

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Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) was born through the merger of three institutions, namely the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), the National Aerospace Laboratory of Japan (NAL) and the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA).

It was designated as a core performance agency to support the Japanese government's overall aerospace development and utilization. JAXA, therefore, can conduct integrated operations from basic research and development, to utilization.

JAXA became a National Research and Development Agency in April 2015, and took a new step forward to achieve optimal R&D achievements for Japan, according to the government's purpose of establishing a national R&D agency.

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