Japanese monks are planning to send a Buddhist temple into space that will orbit the Earth every 90 minutes.
Daigoji Temple, founded in 874 and named after Japan’s 60th emperor Daigo who was buried there, has a profound meaning for Japanese culture and is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Daigoji is a Shingon Buddhist temple in the district of Fushimi-ku in the city of Kyoto on the Japanese island Honshu.
The head of Daigoji Temple, together with a representative from Terra Space, a Japanese satellite research and development company, recently finalised their joint strategy regarding the space venture.
The new space temple will be launched into space with an IoT (Internet of Things) communications satellite and it will carry many Buddhist items.
It will reportedly be launched into the Earth’s low orbit, making its way around the globe once every hour and a half at an altitude of 400 to 500 kilometres.
Real-time information on the current location of the space temple will also be available on a dedicated smartphone app.
The space temple will apparently be named Jotenin Gounji, which stems from the word ‘joten’ meaning ‘pure heaven’ and ‘goun’ representing a Buddhist philosophy about the flow of time and existence of humanity, while the ‘in’ and ‘ji’ indicate a temple.
The launch is scheduled for 2023.
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