ispace Cooperates with UNESCO on the Lunar Mission

7 May, 2024

By Transporting Humanity’s Languages and Cultures Saved Memory Disk to the Moon

Tokyo – May 7, 2024 – ispace, inc. (ispace) announced its cooperation with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on a lunar mission, intended to preserve humanity’s language and cultures on the Moon.

From left, Sally Costerton, Interim President and CEO ICANN, Tawfik Jelassi, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information UNESCO, and Julien Lamamy, CEO of ispace EUROPE S.A.

At the Information Meeting on Universal Acceptance, held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on May 6, 2024, UNESCO announced its mission to transport and safeguard languages and cultural treasures on the lunar surface. The cultural artifacts are saved on a special “memory disk”, which UNESCO jointly developed with an innovation platform based in California. On behalf of ispace, inc., Julien Lamamy, CEO of ispace EUROPE S.A.  (ispace-EUROPE) spoke at the event with UNESCO members involved in the project, aimed to preserve languages through the use of technology and others.

Julien Lamamy, CEO of ispace EUROPE S.A. Presenting at the Information Meeting on Universal Acceptance

UNESCO is committed to preserving the linguistic diversity represents human cultures from any crisis that threatens their destruction in the future, and preservation on the lunar surface is one means to preserve cultures. The memory disk bears the UNESCO Constitution’s Preamble, which express the importance of preserving world unity, linguistic diversity, and cultures translated into 275 languages.

ispace, inc., with employees of 30 different nationalities in three entities (Japan, US, and Europe) contributes to the promotion of national space policies and the space industry while leveraging the culture and diversity of each country and region as one integrated global company. ispace aims to establish our vision of long-term lunar development and the creation of the cislunar economy. Regarding the lunar mission, UNESCO’s philosophy of maintaining and preserving the diversity of humanity’s language resonated with ispace’s corporate philosophy and ispace plans to install the memory disk on the RESILIENCE lunar lander as part of ispace, inc.’s HAKUTO-R Mission 2 scheduled to be launched in the winter of 2024.

“Maintaining linguistic diversity and preserving culture are significant aspects of UNESCO’s mandate. We are very honored to announce that ispace’s HAKUTO-R Mission 2 will contribute to realize UNESCO’s lunar mission to benefit world.” said Julien Lamamy, CEO of ispace-Europe. “We continue to progress on HAKUTO-R Mission 2, with the recent lander and rover development achievements that put us on a timeline for a Winter 2024 launch carrying UNESCO’s payload.”

About ispace, inc. (

ispace, a global lunar resource development company with the vision, “Expand our planet. Expand our future.”, specializes in designing and building lunar landers and rovers. ispace aims to extend the sphere of human life into space and create a sustainable world by providing high-frequency, low-cost transportation services to the Moon. The company has business entities in Japan, Luxembourg, and the United States with approximately 300 employees worldwide. For more information, visit: and follow us on X: @ispace_inc.

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