US, Japan Sign Agreement Over Japan’s Role In Artemis Program Written 14 July 2020


Artemis exhibit at the 2019 International Astronautical Congress held Oct. 2019 in Washington, DC; AIAA–©;

Space News reports that NASA “has signed an agreement with the Japanese government that brings the agencies closer to finalizing Japan’s roles in the Artemis program.” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and Japan’s Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Koichi Hagiuda signed the Joint Exploration Declaration of Intent on Thursday during a virtual meeting. Neither the US nor Japan “released the text of the declaration, but they described the document as outlining roles for Japan in both human and robotic exploration. That would include contributions to the lunar Gateway and lunar surface exploration.”
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