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Japan to construct solar-powered robotic base in moon. Sounds interesting?

May 31st, 2010        

Japan to construct solar-powered robotic base in moon. Sounds interesting?

Japan has announced its interest to invest 200 billion yen (nearly 2.2 billion USD) on a robotic base near the south pole of the Moon by 2020. This includes rover robots that will be exploring the moon’s inner structure and also gathering rock samples.

These robots, weighting some 300kg, will be equipped with solar panels, seismographs, as well as HD cameras and arms. In conjunction to this mega-project, the government is also planning to build a power system based on solar power and lithium-ion batteries. What’s more interesting is that, with all this system up, they plan to broadcast HDTV from the Moon!

After this unmanned lunar base construction, the next project would be a manned lunar base project on 2030. I mean, what could actually go wrong, right?

Japan to construct solar-powered robotic base in moon. Sounds interesting?

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