The 2024 Space Race: Where countries stand on space exploration

Japan recently became the latest country to land a space probe on the moon, marking a significant milestone in space exploration for the Asian country.

The historic landing means the country is now the fifth to mark such an achievement and has officially brought Japan into the space race. Here is where Japan and the other four countries — the United States, Russia, India, and China — stand in space exploration in 2024.

This image provided by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)/Takara Tomy/Sony Group Corporation/Doshisha University shows an image taken by a Lunar Excursion Vehicle 2 (LEV-2) of a robotic moon rover called Smart Lander for Investigating Moon, or SLIM, on the moon. (JAXA/Takara Tomy/Sony Group Corporation/Doshisha University via AP)

The United States

The U.S. has many rocket launches and missions
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