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The Moon Looms Large in Japan's Plans

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Science  01 Nov 1996:
Vol. 274, Issue 5288, pp. 712-713
DOI: 10.1126/science.274.5288.712


KYOTO—Moon viewing is an autumn tradition in this country, and last week the world's space scientists were given a close look at Japan's plans for lunar exploration. Japan is pressing ahead with its lunar program—backing two of the three international missions now scheduled to land on or orbit the moon in the next several years—at a time when most other nations are focusing their space efforts elsewhere.