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Japan plans robotic moon base by 2020

By T.K. Randall
May 29, 2010 · Comment icon 14 comments



Image Credit: JAXA
Japan's space agency has unveiled plans to put a base on the moon by 2020 built and populated by robots.
The $2 billion project will be solar powered and surveys of the lunar surface will begin in 2015.
These ARE the droids we've been looking for. The Japanese space agency, JAXA, has plans to build a base on the Moon by 2020. Not for humans, but for robots, and built by robots, too.


Source: Universe Today | Comments (14)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by Larving 13 years ago
Oh, it has been discussed for the past 40 years already. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/07/090717-who-owns-moon-real-estate.html I know, but the fact that there hasn't been much reason to discuss it means the issue hasn't gotten very far. A japanese moonbase would definately change that.
Comment icon #6 Posted by ilovejules25 13 years ago
What fun is that, sending robots there? Well, now that Obama cancelled NASA's program to return people to the moon, we have no choice but to sit back and watch Japan and China take over space exploration. With their robots. Apparently the US government feels that sending a manned mission to an asteroid by 2025 is now more important. How exciting.
Comment icon #7 Posted by thefinalfrontier 13 years ago
Ambitious. But of course it pushes forward the inevitable discussion of who owns the moon. No single nation or individual owns the moon, see sorce below, Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies The Outer Space Treaty was considered by the Legal Subcommittee in 1966 and agreement was reached in the General Assembly in the same year ( resolution 2222 (XXI). The Treaty was largely based on the Declaration of Legal Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Oute... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by The Silver Thong 13 years ago
What fun is that, sending robots there? I'm sure the robots will also be building a base where humans can live as well, at least that would be the smart thing to do.
Comment icon #9 Posted by thefinalfrontier 13 years ago
I'm sure the robots will also be building a base where humans can live as well, at least that would be the smart thing to do. I think (if memory serves right) that JAXA was going to send man back to the moon in 2030,
Comment icon #10 Posted by The Silver Thong 13 years ago
I think (if memory serves right) that JAXA was going to send man back to the moon in 2030, Seems so far away doesn't it
Comment icon #11 Posted by thefinalfrontier 13 years ago
Seems so far away doesn't it Ya it sure does man, We aint gettin any younger thats for sure, Arrrggggg ill be 71 by then,
Comment icon #12 Posted by The Silver Thong 13 years ago
Ya it sure does man, We aint gettin any younger thats for sure, Arrrggggg ill be 71 by then, Not far behind ya buddy. I was born in 1972 and in my 37 years I have seen some wild stuff. I hope there is more to come. With the shuttle program coming to an end I feel a bit sad as there isn't really anything I have seen in stone that can rival that, yet
Comment icon #13 Posted by Hazzard 13 years ago
Count me in guys... I need another manned mission to the moon in my lifetime.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Seany 13 years ago
What fun is that, sending robots there? propably be a pokemonformer . . .


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