Jim Bridenstine, the administrator of NASA, has secretly proposed using US rockets to send Japanese astronauts to the Moon. Apparently, there are multiple sources that know what this is all about.
As per a source, Bridenstine made this proposal during an unofficial visit back in September 2019, in which he met with space industry leaders, such as the head of the Japanese government’s Space Policy Committee. Bridenstine encouraged all the attendees to get more fond of the idea that Japanese astronauts join Americans on the Moon.
About Project Artemis
NASA has a lot of ambitious plans for them to return US astronauts to the Moon – it’s part of the Artemis program led by NASA, and they want to do it by 2024. They are using a research space station in the Moon’s orbit, which is called Lunar Gateway.
Back in May, Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, had a meeting with President Donald Trump, and they discussed cooperation in space exploration.
About four months later, NASA, together with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency announced that they will work together, with the help of the Artemis program, and that Japan will be assisting the US when it comes to building the Gateway.
China is way ahead
As per various sources, this move can also mean a way to keep China’s space ambitions in check. The most influential people of the globe are right now racing to make the Moon some kind of strategic outpost. In reality, China is ahead, and it’s about to make its way, with its first crewed missions to the Moon, a reality.