Amid Covid, India-Japan Moon mission takes shape, Isro to lead lander tech
BENGALURU: Even as both the countries continue to battle Covid-19 pandemic, Japan, which will be launching a joint lunar mission with India — Lunar Polar Exploration (LPE) — that hopes to put a lander and rover on Moon’s surface has, for the first time, spelled out details of the project that will see Isro lead the lander development.
As per details shared by Japanese space agency JAXA, the mission will be launched after 2023 — Isro currently has its human spaceflight programme (Gaganyaan) scheduled for 2022 — and will involve a lander and a rover. JAXA diagrams show that the Japanese would be building the overall landing module and the rover, while Isro would develop the lander sy em.
The mission will be launched from Japan, and the designated launch vehicle is the H3 rocket, manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
The first thinking of this mission was made public in 2017, during a multi-space agencies’ meeting in Bengaluru and it was then also part of the inter-go nmental discussions during PM Modi’s visit to Japan in 2018. TOI had reported in September 2019, that the project had since moved forward and both agencies were keen on landing on Moon together.
Now, a pre-project team established earlier this year is working on develo a comprehensive management plan for the collaborative mission; investigate the spacecraft sy em requirements and the various interface specifications in collaboration with Isro.
“...Analysis of observational data suggests the estence of water in the polar regions of Moon. JAXA is working with Isro to plan an international collaborative mission to obtain data on the quantity and forms of water resources present, in order to determine the feasibility of utilizing such resources for sustainable space exploration activities in the future,” JAXA said.
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Japan has always been a humble, polite, no-nonsense country. Quietly goes about it's business without creating a ruckus.
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Have you heard of pearl harbor and rape of Nanking?
We are proud of you ISRO!
First provide basic facilities to the citizens of India then spend money on space research... finding water in moon will not help finding medical facilities n water here .. this pandemic showed the real situation of Indian medical sy em. Please build a strong medical sy em for humans than some expensive machines for no man's land.
Gaaaaaammmmnnnd mastiiiiiiiii project to ph0000k people tax paid money when daily thousands of people dying without food.
Indians are living in fear because India is in the middle of community transmission and waste of tax payer's money continues
Nepal did surgical STRIKE ON INDIA ... 3 injured and 1 killed
56" shrinked to 28" before and to 14" and that too before NEPAL! Shame! modi flaunts 56" only before Rahul Gandhi and Nehru family.
a sheer waste of money
Lets set up a tea stall in moon and send chai w over ther.
Isro is the real pride of India
It is a proud privilege for India and ISRO in particular, to lead the lander tech in the India - Japan Moon mission. The friendship between two nations is getting stronger.
Indo-Japan can together do wonderful projects in future..Because both countries always thinks positive for future generations.
Stop bsddskkkkk gobar dimaag useless project and build hospitals for corona patients.
Take up project to erect feku statue on moon with people tax paid money. Bssddkkk idi0ts dont care for migrant workers starvation deaths, dont have money to pay sries, crores of people lost jobs, many dying without food... but feku wants moon mission project...
We should develop friendlier ties with Japan. We should also try to replace goods with Japanese as many as we can provided the cost is affordable.
Finally some good news. Go India, Go. All the youth should involve themselves in this scientific endeavour. Little steps will lead on to large achievements. I am excited. Jai Hind.
Best of luck to ISRO and Japanese Space agency
Wish all the luck to this joint mission. We should also have some joint missions to n-ke in the interest of world peace.
When will Indians learn to prioritise things?
First fight Corona please...Moon can wait.