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Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
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Explore to Realize
Acronym JAXA
Owner  Japan
Established 1 October 2003
Successor agency to NASDA 1969–2003, ISAS 1981–2003 and NAL 1955–2003
Headquarters Chōfu, Tokyo
Primary spaceport Tanegashima Space Center
Motto One JAXA
Administrator Naoki Okumura
Budget ¥211.11 billion/ $2.03 billion (FY2013)

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) (国立研究開発法人宇宙航空研究開発機構 , Kokuritsu-kenkyū-kaihatsu-hōjin Uchū Kōkū Kenkyū Kaihatsu Kikō, literally "National Research and Development Agency on Aerospace Research and Development") is the Japanese national aerospace and space agency.

Through the merger of three previously independent organizations, JAXA was formed on 1 October 2003. JAXA is responsible for research, technology development and launch of satellites into orbit, and is involved in many more advanced missions such as asteroid exploration and possible manned exploration of the Moon. Its motto is One JAXA and its corporate slogan is Explore to Realize (formerly Reaching for the skies, exploring space).


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


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

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