NASA and Japan announce Gateway contributions and space station extension

WASHINGTON, November 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — NASA and the Government of Japan on Thursday announced more contributions from Japan to Gateway, a key component of the agency sagebrush long-term lunar exploration missions. NASA administrator bill nelson participated virtually from the agency kennedy space center in Florida at an event held in tokyo which included the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Keiko Nagaoka, as well as the US Ambassador to Japan, Rahm Emanuel.

Under the Gateway Implementation Agreement, NASA will provide an opportunity for a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut to serve as a Gateway crew member on a future Artemis mission. This formally represents the first US commitment to carry a Japanese astronaut beyond low-Earth orbit aboard NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft.

In addition to the Gateway event, Minister Nagaoka announced from Japan commitment to participate in International Space Station Program to 2030, the first international partner to join the United States to formally commit to space station operations through 2030.

“The alliance between Japan Y the United States it is a cornerstone of peace, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and throughout the world. Space cooperation is a critical component of our alliance. while I was in tokyo In September, Prime Minister Kishida and I discussed our mutual interest in strengthening our cooperation in outer space in the commercial, civil, and security sectors. And today, based on that and many other discussions between our governments, we are delivering results,” said Vice President kamala harris. “from Japan Contributions will advance scientific knowledge and protect our brave astronauts exploring the depths of outer space. And it brings us one step closer to one day a Japanese astronaut walking on the Moon. Today we celebrate USA-Japan cooperation in space, which has never been stronger”.

“For decades, Japanese and American astronauts have worked together to advance science and exploration in low-Earth orbit. Today’s Gateway agreement represents the fulfillment commitments made by the Biden-Harris Administration and solidifies the collaboration of our nations, which will help ensure continued discoveries at the Gateway, the International Space Station and beyond,” Nelson said. “There is no question that the discovery strengthens the partnership between the US and Japan, and the discovery strengthens democracy, in the Indo-Pacific and around the world. With this agreement, the US and Japan It will create more good-paying jobs, more research and development capabilities, and a growing ability to compete together in the 21st century.”

from Japan Contributions to Gateway include critical components of the International Habitation Module (I-HAB) that will provide the heart of the Gateway space station’s life support capabilities, as well as space for the crew to live, conduct research, and prepare for activities in the lunar surface during Artemis. missions Japan will provide I-HAB’s Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS), thermal management system functions, and cameras.

Japan it will also provide batteries for I-HAB, the Habitation and Logistics Outpost (HALO) module, the initial crew cabin for astronauts visiting the Gateway, and the refueling module of the European System Providing Refueling and Telecommunications Infrastructure ( ESPRIT).

Also, Japan will provide the JAXA HTV-XG spacecraft for launch and delivery of a logistics resupply mission for Gateway, scheduled for no later than 2030.

from Japan Contributions to Gateway will support longer stays at the lunar-orbiting outpost, enabling the success of Artemis missions advancing deep space exploration and scientific research.

NASA’s Gateway Program is an international collaboration to establish humanity’s first space station around the Moon as an essential element of NASA’s Artemis missions. Gateway will provide many capabilities for sustained deep space exploration and research, including docking ports for a variety of visiting spacecraft, space for the crew to live and work, and onboard scientific investigations to study heliophysics, human health, and life sciences. life, among other areas. . Gateway will be a critical platform for developing technology and capabilities to support future exploration of Mars.

NASA welcomed from Japan announcement of continued space station operations through 2030. NASA and its international partners conduct critical science, research, and technology demonstrations aboard the orbiting laboratory that make long-duration missions to Gateway and the Moon possible. from Japan commitment to space station operations through 2030, along with the United States, will help continue to maximize humanity’s understanding of the human health challenges associated with spaceflight and will test the technologies that will be needed for deep space exploration. Such research benefits people on Earth and lays the foundation for future human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit through the agency’s Artemis missions.

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