Space: A Japanese will become the first non-American to land on the moon

Space: A Japanese will become the first non-American to land on the moon

Americans will soon no longer be the only nationality to have sent one of their peers to the moon. In fact, Japan is preparing to allow one of its citizens to visit our natural satellite.

Fifty-seven years after Neil Armstrong's “one small step for man, one big step for humanity,” a new person will record the history of the conquest of space. In fact, for the first time since 1972, a person will set foot on the surface of the Earth moon. the new ? His nationality. For the first time, the lucky winner will not be an American.

Even then, the number of visitors stopped at twelve. Twelve Americans should welcome two Japanese classmates to their history classes. It was the US President himself who announced this: “Two Japanese astronauts will participate in future American missions, and one of them will be the first non-American to land on the moon.”

A reward for Japan's progress

This did not happen by chance. Thanks to this choice, Joe Biden wants to represent a kind of reward for the Japanese, who possess highly advanced equipment in the conquest of space. This will be done in the space program called Artemis, which it launched NASA.

The lunar recovery program is scheduled to begin in September 2026. In addition to the plan to send non-Americans, the space agency wants to be able to send a woman for the first time, as well as a non-white person.

The first mission to the moon next year

A new mission is already supposed to take place next year as part of the Artemis 2 mission. Three Americans and one Canadian They are preparing to orbit the Moon, but they are not aiming to land there. A lunar landing was planned for Artemis 3.

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Japan should not be the only country accompanying the United States. In all likelihood, ESA will also be reserved seats on Artemis missions in exchange for significant technological contributions. Is it enough to see a Frenchman on the moon?
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