Although in recent years it seems that all eyes are on Mars, little by little there are countries that return to consider travel to the moon. China took a robot in 2013 became the third country to launch an unmanned mission to the moon, and Japan now announced that he wants to be the fourth country to get it.
The committee space policy of the Japanese government upgraded last night its national plan for space exploration, and has set a target pose an unmanned probe on the Moon in 2019. According to these plans, the development of the probe charge of making this Mission will begin during the next year.
But why is this mission important if others have gone before? We could say that is because new technologies that use the probe, which will allow you to be able to land at most 100 meters from the predetermined landing. This can be done thanks to a system of recognition that will allow you to observe the surface of the moon and make the necessary adjustments.
So far no one had gotten a similar time accuracy landing module, and making Japan intends to increase its presence in the field of space exploration, a presence that also strengthen future collaborations with other countries. The government's plan now needs the approval of the citizens, and if so, they will start to get to work later this year.
The moon is back in fashion and more and more agencies want to return there. NASA wants to do to establish a permanent base , and the company Lunar Express wants to start carrying tourists there from 2017. In fact until Russia has announced he wants to bring man back to the moon in 2029.