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US Agrees To Send Japanese (First Non-American) Astronaut To Moon

Landing on the moon has been a phenomenal achievement for many space authorities, including NASA, SpaceX, ISRO, and others. In a news conference held at the White House of the United States of America, President Joe Biden and Japan Prime Minister Fumio Kishisda announced that two Japanese astronauts will join future NASA lunar missions. One will become the first non-American to land on the moon.

President Joe Biden, in a move that underscores the spirit of collaboration and friendship, announced on Wednesday that this agreement would not only strengthen the economic and defence ties between the US and Japan but also pave the way for a more hopeful and optimistic future in international relations. This pledge marks Washington’s strategic use of the space program to foster alliances and to compete with China in the race to the moon.

These two Japanese astronauts will be part of NASA’s groundbreaking Artemis program, a technological marvel that is projected to allow astronauts to return to the moon as early as 2026, a feat that will mark a significant advancement in space exploration, more than half a century after the last Apollo mission. This news is sure to fill the audience with a sense of awe and anticipation for the future of space exploration.

The previous week, President Joe Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s conference inched towards a successful future for the two countries’ joint mission to the International Space Station.

On the other hand, China has not signed the the Artemis Accords while it is seeking support for a proposal to cooperate with Russia to form a research base on the moon.

In the race, Beijing has also confirmed to send its first astronaut to the moon by the end of the decade.

 

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