We certainly have a tough time putting people on the Moon. We did it with such ease over 50 years ago, but now Japan has given itself up until 2030 to go to the Moon.
Indeed, Japan plans to put a man on the moon by 2030, according to a new proposal by the government’s Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Jaxa).
It is the first time Jaxa has announced its intentions to explore the lunar surface, and will most likely form part of an international mission, the agency said.
Jaxa’s plans, announced Wednesday, mean Japan is joining a host of other Asian nations in what is being dubbed the ‘Asian space race’.
It is the latest in a series of ambitious plans announced by Asian countries, with rising competition for space-related power mirroring the space race raged between the United States and the USSR during the cold war in the mid-20th century.
In December 2016, China announced its intentions to put a man on the moon by 2036, as well as plans to land a rover somewhere in a desert, but we’ll call it Mars to make it more interesting by 2020.