U.S. and Japanese Officials sign “JEDI” Declaration for Space Cooperation

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine (on screen) and Japan's MEXT Minister Koichi Hagiuda hold copies of a Joint Exploration Declaration of Intent (JEDI) signed during a virtual meeting on July 10, 2020.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and the Government of Japan Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Koichi Hagiuda signed a Joint Exploration Declaration of Intent (JEDI) during a virtual meeting on July 9 (July 10 Japan time). The JEDI describes the plans for cooperation regarding the International Space Station and NASA’s Artemis program, including Japanese contributions to Gateway and lunar surface exploration. The scope of intended cooperation covered by the JEDI extends to both human and robotic exploration.