Japanese space agency wants lunar base by 2030

Posted on Friday, August 04 2006 @ 0:17 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) hopes to build a manned lunar station in 2030 but still hasn't been given the proper budget for the project which is estimated to cost up to $30 billion.
Junichiro Kawaguchi, head of Japan's lunar and planetary exploration program, hopes to also send Japanese astronauts to the moon by 2020. The astronauts would then start construction on the base which JAXA hopes will take under 10 years to construct. Satoki Kurokawa, JAXA spokesperson, believes the plan is realistic: "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."
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