Japan and its desire to conquer the Moon: These are the projects it plans to carry out on the lunar surface


Japan and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have been known for making less noise than NASA when it comes to making announcements about their plans in space. However, in the land of the rising sun they cannot hide their greatest desire: conquer the moon.

Among the projects that the Japanese plan to carry out on the lunar surface, the most prominent is that of The Glass, an artificial space habitat with which they could colonize our natural satellite.

But in order to make life on the Moon, JAXA must carry out dozens of investigations to confirm the possibilities. The Japanese space agency confirmed that it will send two small craft to the satellite, identified in a report as Omotinashi and Echoleos.

Omotinashi and Echoleos Missions

These lunar probes have the mission of offering new knowledge to astronomers about the Moon. In Omotinashi’s case, It will be the first Japanese spacecraft to land on the lunar surface..

The device will send information to Earth through radio waves. It will collect landing data that will help make future probes smaller and lighter.


On the Equuleus or Echoleos mission, the probe is designed to study the far side of the Moon from afar and JAXA wants to test whether it can easily fly to different places in space.

Equuleus Mission

These and other missions are just the beginning of unprecedented data collection for Japan to achieve its greatest space goal: the construction of The Glass.

The Glass and an interplanetary transportation system

The Glass or El Cristal is a collaboration project between the Kajima Construction company and researchers from Kyoto University, with a team made up of engineers, technicians and scientists, who explained their plans for the colonization of the natural satellite.

The Glass is a gigantic habitable cone-shaped structure with artificial gravitywhich would have public transport, green areas and large bodies of water, as if it were an extension of the Earth.

Its main objective, apart from colonization, is avoid health complications for future settlers by low and zero gravity environments.

The structure is in the shape of an inverted cone, 400 meters high and 100 meters in radius at its widest point, which spins on itself to create a centrifugal attraction capable of mimicking the effect of gravity on Earth. The turns are completed every 20 seconds and in the area where it reaches the maximum radius it would achieve a gravity of 1G, the same as we have on Earth.

A prototype of this initiative would be ready in 2050built on our planet, but the final version it will take about 100 years to be built and operational.

In addition, this plan also includes an interplanetary transport system, thinking of the Western desire to conquer Mars. In this case, the researchers have found a solution that seems even more futuristic: a kind of interplanetary cable car called Hexatrackcapable of maintaining 1G gravity.

The passengers would go in the so-called hexacapsules, booths with a radius of 15 meters in the shape of a hexagon that would be in charge of connecting the Earth and the Moon. Once on the Earth satellite, there would be another larger cabin, twice the size, that would connect the satellite with Mars

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