On September 25, a rocket lifted off from the Tanegashima Space Center, ferrying 6 tons of supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) and launching the next half century of close collaboration between JAXA and NASA. While our two countries have long cooperated around the world, since the Apollo 11 Moon Landing 50 years ago, our cooperation has also reached beyond our planet and into outer space.
Last July, our U.S. Embassy celebrated the historic moon landing and other achievements in space during our annual Independence Day reception. Among the guests of honor were seven Japanese astronauts, all veterans of ISS, who reaffirmed the close alignment of NASA and JAXA’s mission goals. These shared objectives cover our collaboration across the fields of human spaceflight, Earth and space science, aeronautics research, as well as our ambitious plans for future space exploration.