Japanese gov’t foresees manned mission to moon by 2030
The Mainichi Daily News
The government’s Strategic Headquarters for Space Policy has presented a new space exploration plan that would see Japanese astronauts landing on the moon by 2030, a major reversal of previous policy.
The new plan takes a proactive stance on cutting edge space exploration, including manned missions, declaring such projects “serve to expand the sphere of human activity.” The plan calls for Japan to land robots on the moon to collect samples and return to Earth around the year 2020, followed by a manned resource survey mission sometime between 2025 and 2030.
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