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asteroidsJAXA Images and Video from the Ryugu Asteroid

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Japan deployed the MINERVA-II1 rovers on September 21 to explore the surface of asteroid Ryugu.

agingOne in five people in Japan are over 70

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New estimates put the number of people in Japan age 70 or older at more than a fifth of the population for the first time. Japan’s population is one of the fastest-aging and declining in the world. The working-age population …

asiaAll successful countries copy technology and methods

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All successful countries copy what works in the leading countries. Dr. Michael Pillsbury pretends as if China’s copying of US technology for forty years was some kind of deception or was in some way unique. In 1812, American Francis Cabot …

asteroidJapan places two rovers on an asteroid

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Japan’s asteroid mission Hayabusa2 has successfully dropped the first two rovers to the surface of its target space rock Ryugu. Hayabusa2 dropped to a lowest altitude of just 55 meters from the surface and released twin rovers, called MINERVA-II 1A …

japanYusaku Maezawa is the Billionaire who will flyaround the moon- Nextbigfuture had him favored

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Nextbigfuture wrote two days ago that its favorite pick of Japanese Billionaries was Yusaku Maezawa. SpaceX just announced he was the one who would be the SpaceX BFR tourist who will fly around the moon. Lasting about a week, the …

japanJapanese startup making reusable spaceplanes

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PD Aerospace is a Japanese startup that is trying to build reusable spaceplanes. They want to reduce the cost of access to space by 100 times. They want to create sub-orbital space tourism. They want their first space plane flying …

japanSpaceX Moon Orbit Tourist might be one of these Japanese Billionaires

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On Monday, there will be an announcement from SpaceX of moon orbiting tourist. The word is that the tourist is from Japan. The cost of the flight will probably be over $150 million. UPDATE: The Japanese billionaire was announced as …

futureJapan’s Obayashi will have tiny cubsat test to learn about tethers for space elevators

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Shizuoka University and contractor Obayashi aim to launch two small (10 sq cm) satellites connected by a 10-meter steel cable from the International Space Station. This small cube sat space tether step is a tiny step towards a larger vision …

europeSpaceX in talks with Japan and Europe for future Falcon Heavy launches

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Japan’s Space agency is considering SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy as the main launch for its HTV-X. Thie HTV-X would be used to supply a new Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway. The European Space Agency is looking to launch a six-ton lunar station module …

japanJapan’s newly revealed Railgun compared to China and US Railguns

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Japan joins a growing list of countries with active railgun programs. Japan’s railgun is shown in the lab. It seems to be a fairly large railgun at about the level shown by the USA about 8 years ago. Japan’s electromagnetic …