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15 October 2007 @ 01:33 pm
Over the next 4 months, the European Space Agency (ESA) will be adding a laboratory to the International Space Station (ISS).

I hope that once the Japanese Space Agency (JSA) Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has grown a bit, it too can contribute to the ISS.

No matter how small, problematic and expensive the ISS is, it still makes me feel proud and it's still very romantic to me. I love it for its sociology and diplomatic significance first and its science a distant but respectable second.
sleet01: Gallente Frigate Tristansleet01 on October 16th, 2007 04:31 am (UTC)
Considering that JAXA recently sent an orbiter with two probes to the moon, I think it's reasonable to assume they'll be contributing more in the near future.
Vulture: saturnvulture23 on October 16th, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC)
JAXA does seem to be doing some pretty nifty stuff lately. They had that asteroid probe, which did pretty well despite some difficulties, and their HINODE solar observation satellite is currently kicking ass and taking names...

It would certainly be nice if the "international" part of the ISS can become more than a remnant of Cold-War-era US/Soviet psuedo-cooperation.