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Japanese want the moon

04/03/2005. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Japan is now looking to put a large manned base on the moon by 2025.

The Jaxa space agency, Japan's version of NASA, is planning to have probed the moon by 2015, for a follow-up human colonisation and research effort by 2025.

This would mean the agency's budget being hiked to $56.8 billion to help finance the project, which would include the need for a space shuttle-like craft.

There's been a lot of tension between China and Japan in the region, and the move is being interpreted as a signal that Japan isn't willing to let China have its own way in the space race (which has its own lunar ambitions).

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