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Persuasive Reasons For Japan To Fulfill Lunar Aspirations


Japan Proposal For 2018 Lunar Lander Mission, Expected To Cost Between US$83M – $125M, Still Awaiting Final Approval; Public & Political Recognition Of Importance / Benefits Of Mission Needed To Garner Required Support; Standing As Global Leader In Space Would Be Enhanced If Japan Becomes 4th Or 5th (India 2017) Country To Soft Land On Moon; Could Stimulate Global Partners Like USA To Collaborate On Moon Surface Missions, Including Human Lunar Base; Resource Identification On Moon & ISRU Technology Demonstrations Could Ensure Permanent Sustainable Human Presence In Solar System

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