Fancy living on the moon? Japan studying colony tech

New research centre set up to explore how to build sustainable habitats in space

Japan is exploring how to build sustainable habitats in space at Tokyo University of Science's Space Colony Research Centre, headed by Dr Chiaki Mukai, the country’s first female astronaut.
The futuristic looking Tokyo University of Science's Katsushika campus, where the Space Colony Research Centre is located. The centre seeks to nurture interest in space among a younger generation - and to foster investment interest among companies an
The futuristic looking Tokyo University of Science's Katsushika campus, where the Space Colony Research Centre is located. The centre seeks to nurture interest in space among a younger generation - and to foster investment interest among companies and start-ups.ST PHOTO: WALTER SIM

Japan is exploring how to build sustainable space colonies - and a primitive model can be achieved by the next decade, said the country's first female astronaut.

Dr Chiaki Mukai, 65, now director of the Space Colony Research Centre at the Tokyo University of Science (TUS), said there are many definitions of what a "colony" could mean - from the traditional concept of a village, to a hotel, or a community of just four people.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 05, 2018, with the headline 'Fancy living on the moon? Japan studying colony tech'. Subscribe