Japan's space agency announced new ambitious plans to put a manned space station on the moon within the next 20 years. But the agency also state that it would need about 70 to 100 billion yen more funding a year to move forward with these plans.
JAXA said it needs 250-280 billion yen a year to move forward with its plans, against last year's budget of 179 billion yen.
The agency said in its plan that satellite surveys of the moon should be carried out within the next 10 years to enable Japan to decide whether to try to develop the moon.
A moon base project might be a good way to catch the public imagination and boost support for Japan's space program, aerospace professor Hibiya said, but he was dubious about its practical value