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2014-03-03 23:01:33

NanoRacks LLC announces the successful completion of an ambitious launch program for small satellites and in so doing has broken the record of the most CubeSats deployed in a single mission to the International Space Station. Houston, TX (PRWEB) March 03, 2014 NanoRacks LLC announces the successful completion of an ambitious launch program for small satellites and in so doing has broken the record of the most CubeSats deployed in a single mission to the International Space Station....

Global Precipitation Measurement Dress Rehearsal
2014-02-24 11:29:34

By Ellen Gray, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center On the first floor of the Spacecraft Test and Assembly building at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) Tanegashima Space Center, Japan, a skeleton crew of blue-shirted NASA engineers for the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission fill three rows of computer stations. Sitting with them, on top of one of the desktop computers, is a squat, roundish doll. About the size of a grapefruit, it’s bright red with a stylized,...

Japan's Space Agency Plans To Blast Asteroid With Space Cannon
2013-10-24 09:46:48

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Those of us who were lucky enough to have an Atari gaming console in the 1980s will remember blasting pixelated Asteroids using a triangular spaceship. Now, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has announced that it plans to send a space cannon out to blast the surface of asteroid 1999JU3 with a metal bullet in 2018. The mission is primarily for research, but could eventually lead to a system capable of defending Earth from...

2011-06-06 05:55:00

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft, which has been given some much needed updating, was lifted into launch position on Sunday in preparation for a launch to the International Space Station (ISS) this week, reports the Associated Press (AP). With the US shuttle program scheduled for a farewell voyage in July, the Russian craft takes on renewed importance as the only available lifeline to space. An international crew comprised of Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, NASA's Michael Fossum and Satoshi...

2010-06-24 14:25:00

JAXA announced today that it has found traces of gas in a capsule thought to contain asteroid dust that was brought back to Earth after a multi-billion-mile space journey. Japan's space agency said that researchers at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Sagamihara Campus in Kanagawa started to open the Hayabusa capsule -- a process expected to take about a week. They plan to analyze the inside of the container by using an optical microscope.  A JAXA spokeswoman said a trace of...

2010-04-12 08:00:00

WASHINGTON, April 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a unique collaboration between national space agencies, the United States and Japan began combining elements of their satellite resources on Monday to increase a critical type of Earth observation data. The partnership will more than double the quantity of this data that is used to explore earthquake hazards, forest declines, and changing water resources in the Americas. This new partnership between NASA and the Japan Aerospace...

2009-06-11 10:45:00

Japan's first lunar probe made a successful crash landing on the surface of the moon, marking the end of its 19-month mission, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency announced on Thursday. Kaguya, named after a moon princess of Japanese folklore, began orbiting the moon in 2007. The probe crash-landed on the lunar surface at 1825 GMT. "The mission was a success. Thanks to Kaguya, we will have a very detailed map of the lunar surface," said JAXA spokesman Shinichi Sobue. "With data from Kaguya, we...

2009-01-24 14:05:00

Based on a cooperative agreement, ESA has been delivering data from ALOS "“ Japan's four-ton Earth Observation satellite "“ to users across Europe and Africa since its launch three years ago. ESA's efforts have been recognized by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency with an award of appreciation. Dr Yasushi Horikawa, Executive Director of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), wrote to ESA to express appreciation for its "significant contribution over the last 8 years in...

2005-12-21 18:05:10

TOKYO -- Japan's space agency said Wednesday it is considering developing its own space suit that can be used in future manned space projects. The agency, JAXA, wants to develop space suits that are lighter than current models produced by the United States and Russia and with upgraded functions, agency spokesman Masayuki Kono said. JAXA will decide early next year whether to pursue the project, he said. Kono said the agency hopes to use a domestically made space suit as part of the...

2005-11-30 08:30:00

TOKYO -- Japan's space agency said Wednesday a spacecraft that landed on an asteroid last week had successfully collected surface samples in an unprecedented mission to bring the extraterrestrial material to Earth. The space agency, JAXA, previously said the Hayabusa probe appeared to have touched down for a few seconds Saturday on the asteroid, which is about 180 million miles from Earth. It was the probe's second successful landing on the asteroid. After touching down on the Itokawa...

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