Saturday, August 05, 2006

Japan Aiming For Moon Base By 2030 Authentic NASA Toys and Replicas
Despite having a zero track record in sending humans into space, the samurai nation is aiming at constructing a lunar base on the Moon by 2030.

(New Scientist Space) Japan's space agency has set a goal of constructing a crewed lunar base by 2030, an official said on Wednesday.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) revealed its ambition to an international conference in Tokyo this week but has not yet been allotted the budget for the ambitious project. [...]

"The feasibility of the plan is unclear at this point as we need to gain understanding by the government and the Japanese people on our plan, but technologically it would be possible in a few decades," said Satoki Kurokawa, spokesman for JAXA.

Despite being known as a tech savvy country, I am not sure if the nation of Japan is serious about space travel. Their Chinese "neighbor" has already begun space farming via satellites and is already planning to build a space station next year.

Japan better start thinking of ways to promote a space culture before the red dragon leaves them behind as a second rate space power.

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