The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is the national space agency of Japan. It was formed in 2003 from the merger of three previously independent organizations and is responsible for a range of space-related programs.
- Development and deployment of satellites into Earth orbit.
- Interplanetary exploration and research (e.g. asteroid sample return).
- Human spaceflight via participation in the International Space Station (ISS).
- Robotic resupply missions to the ISS.
- Possible human exploration of the Moon.
- Name: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) (国立研究開発法人宇宙航空研究開発機構, Kokuritsu-kenkyū-kaihatsu-hōjin Uchū Kōkū Kenkyū Kaihatsu Kikō)
- Country: Japan
- Established: 2003-10-01
- Headquarters: Chōfu, Tokyo, Japan
- Primary launch complex: Tanegashima Space Center
- www.jaxa.jp Official home page
Footnotes & References
1. The National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA), the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), and the National Aerospace Laboratory of Japan (NAL).