Thursday, April 12, 2007

In space... nobody can hand you a screwdriver...

Although pretty much EVERYTHING pales in comparison to LuckyStar
(...weirdos) there is some exciting news coming out of Japan.

The Japanese AP has released a statement from the country's space agency that they plan to send a probe into space to constantly orbit the moon. This is said to be the first step in really kicking Japan's space program into high gear, and may soon lead the way to the first manned lunar landing in decades.

The probe costs nearly 32 billion Yen (US 269 million, EU 200 million) and will be sent into space by the consumer electronics company Mitsubishi.

This probe itself will be Japan's second ever satellite sent into space, their last being in 1972 (the fourth country in history).

Japan has had some very notable setbacks in its aerospace career, but some believe this recent leap back into the dark abyss is a chance to play catch-up with China, which is building a space program of its own.

Of course, this won't be the first time in a long while something or someone from Japan has visited space. Japanese astronauts have joined NASA in several missions to space in the past.

Edit: Oh, by the way, did anyone find my hidden "sausage link" (pun intended) that I put in my last post!?! Hint: It's not plainly visible, ergo, hidden!
Edit edit: Sorry, this isn't Japan's second ever satellite into space, but it will be their second ever satellite or craft sent to the moon. Thanks, Kami.

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At Apr 12, 2007, 11:25:00 PM, Blogger Shadow X said...

That's a lot of money. o.o;;
But that'll be interesting when it goes up

HaHa found the link. Nice edited sausage pic. XD

At Apr 13, 2007, 9:54:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Second satellite sent in space?
This will be Japan's first Lunar Orbiter... true...

According to Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency spokesman Tatsuo Oshima in 1990 they sent a satellite into space to collect data about the moon.

Not to mention 4 spy satellites... only 3 which are working...

At Apr 13, 2007, 12:19:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, sorry. I meant to say "first of two" I don't know how I screwed that up.


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