Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Japan's national aero-space agency as JAXA

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (独立行政法人宇宙航空研究開発機構, Dokuritsu-gyōsei-hōjin Uchū Kōkū Kenkyū Kaihatsu Kikō, literally "Independent Administrative Institution on Aerospace Research and Development "), also known as JAXA,[1] is Japan's national space agency.[2]


JAXA is an Independent Administrative Institution.[3]

JAXA is responsible for research, technology development and the launch of satellites into orbit. JAXA is involved in advanced missions, such as asteroid exploration and possible manned exploration of the Moon.[4]


Tanegasima Space Center

In 2003, three organizations were merged to form the new JAXA.[5]


Ōsumi was Japan's first satellite. It was sent into orbit in 1970.[6]

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  1. JAXA is an English acronym. JAXA stands for "Japan Aerospace EXploration Agency".
  2. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), "About JAXA" Archived 2006-09-06 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-4-2.
  3. JAXA, "Law Concerning Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency"; retrieved 2012-4-2.
  4. MCurry, Justin. "Japan launches biggest moon mission since Apollo landings," Guardian (UK). September 15, 2007; retrieved 2012-4-2.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Kamiya, Setsuko, "Japan a low-key player in space race", Japan Times, June 30, 2009, p. 3; retrieved 2012-4-2.
  6. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Ōsumi" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 762.

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