JAXA (Japan’s Space Agency) 2013-2014 Video Update


With the current focus on difficulties in the U.S./Russian relationship and its implications for the International Space Station, it may be easy to overlook the fact that both Europe and Japan are major partners in the station as well.

This English language video gives a good overview of the Japanese space program’s activities in 2013 and 2014, and could be taken as reminder that despite the all too easy headlines, space is not a “race” and exceptionalism is hardly the sole purview of the United States.  With Koichi Wakata serving as Japan’s first space station commander, and the Kibo module module operating a cubesat launching system which is drawing a steady stream of business,  Japan’s space program is enjoying a well earned moment in the sun.

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