Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

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The Japanese national space agency formed in October 2003 from the merger of three previous organizations: the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), which was devoted to space and planetary research; the National Aerospace Laboratory of Japan (NAL), which focused on aviation research and development; and the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA), which was responsible for the development of launch vehicles, satellites and Japanese contributions to the International Space Station.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.

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