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Today’s Deep Space Extra

10 Jul 2020, 13:13 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA and Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Thursday expressed their intent for further cooperation in the human exploration of space. Debate over NASA’s 2021 budget continues. NASA also unveiled an unfolding strategy to deal with planetary protection, efforts to prevent the contamination of planetary bodies with Earthly life forms and, as well as contamination of the Earth with extraterrestrial microbes.
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NASA and Japan sign “JEDI” declaration on future space cooperationSpacepolicyonline.com (7/9): A new Joint Declaration of Intent between NASA and Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, which oversees the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, expresses plans by the two countries to expand their cooperation on the International Space Station (ISS) toward future exploration of the Moon. Though it does not spell out specific commitments, Japan has expressed desires to participate in a NASA led, lunar orbiting Gateway, and a multinational spacecraft that would serve as a permanent command module for astronauts arriving from Earth and traveling to and from the surface of the Moon. Potential roles for Japan include a habitation module and a pressurized rover for traversing the lunar surface. Similar discussions are underway between ...

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