Thursday, August 03, 2006

JAXA Pushes Back Date for Lunar Base


SpaceDaily.com is reporting the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has pushed back a planned lunar base completion date from 2025 to 2030.
This announcement was followed by an admission they did not know where the funds were going to come from, but at least they are sticking with the original plan.

It is important to note, JAXA has only been around for a few years. It was formed in October 2003 by the merger of three former space/science institutions: the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, the National Aerospace Laboratory and the National Space Development Agency of Japan.

So far their string of successful launches, cutting edge spacecraft designs and data collection efforts have yielded enough positive results to make their plans, regardless of whether they have budgeted for any of it or not, much more likely to flourish than some other lunar plans being floating around...

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