Japan plans to land unmanned craft on the moon

Japan plans to launch its first mission to land a spacecraft on the moon in the next decade, officials said on Tuesday, joining China and India in a race among Asian nations to explore the lunar surface.

Japan’s first lunar orbiter is currently circling the moon, and the country is racing with China and India to land a craft on the lunar surface — a feat so far achieved only by the former Soviet Union and the United States.

“We are aiming to carry out the project in the middle of the 2010s. It will examine geological features of the moon as well as natural resources available there,” said an official from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

Source:  Reuters

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