From Popular Science, that because of my dad I enjoyed as a kid:
America may have eighty-sixed its moon base ambitions, but the Japanese have no plans to let perfectly good lunar real estate go to waste. An ambitious $2.2 billion project in the works at JAXA, the Japanese space agency, plans to put humanoid robots on the moon by 2015, and now official backing from the Prime Minister’s office says the Japanese could have an unmanned lunar base up and running by 2020.
At least some one is talking about some kind of Moon base. When I was a kid, I thought by the time I was the age I am now there would be one or more Moon bases.
In fact after showing the Russian who was boss by making a hand full of trips, nothing has happened in almost 40 years. The future feels like a disappointment at times.
Sadly, given the economic difficulties that exist now in Japan and other place, I’m skeptical that this will actually happen, at least in my life time.
What do others think?