Space & Aeronautics

Japan takes leap in international private space race
Japanese startup Interstellar Technologies' first successful space rocket launch Saturday marked a small step for the country's independent, private-sector led space business but whether it can make a giant leap and compete with American and Chinese companies remains uncertain.
JAXA may participate in moon base project
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is preparing to announce by the end of this year its participation in a U.S.-led project to build a manned base in a lunar orbit, its president revealed Monday.
Spacecraft Hayabusa2 drops bomb and punches crater in asteroid
Japan's Hayabusa2 space probe has successfully fired a bomblike projectile at an asteroid in the first attempt at artificially forming a crater to see what lies below the surface, with hopes of illuminating the evolution of the solar system and life.