Saturday, April 4, 2009

Japanese taskforce recommends lunar exploration

The task force charged with plotting Japan's future space development said it wants a two-legged robot strolling on the Moon by the end of the next decade.

The drafted five-year plan, outlined Friday by Japan's Strategic Headquarters for Space Development (SHSD) called lunar exploration with robots "an important current goal" of its space strategy.

Joint exploration of the moon with robots and astronauts was suggested as the next step.

The plan also recommends Japan shift its goals from space-related technological advancements to an emphasis on development that can meet defense and other practical needs, according to Japan Today.

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