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Toyota Motor Corp. and Japan space agency to develop manned lunar rover

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Toyota Motor Corp, one of the world's largest automakers, and Japan's space agency said on March 12, they had agreed to cooperate in developing a manned lunar rover that runs on fuel cell technologies.

Although Japan has no plan currently to make a manned rocket that could send people into space, the rover could be a major contribution to an international space probe program in the future, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said.

The rover “will be an important element supporting human lunar exploration, which we envision will take place in the 2030s”, JAXA Vice President Koichi Wakata told a symposium in Tokyo.

(Reuters)

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