Japan plans to put a man on the moon by 2030

This would be the first time that a Japanese astronaut had gone beyond the international space station Image: REUTERS/Toru Hanai

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Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi gives a thumbs-up minutes after the landing near the town of Zhezkazgan June 2, 2010. Noguchi, Commander Oleg Kotov of Russia (not pictured) and U.S. astronaut Timothy J. Creamer (not pictured),who make up Russian Expedition 23 and are commanded by Kotov, left Earth in December of last year for the $100 billion, 16-nation International Space Station (ISS).  REUTERS/Pool/Mikhail Metzel  (KAZAKHSTAN - Tags: SCI TECH) - RTR2ENIW
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The supermoon is seen behind a ferris wheel in Tokyo August 11, 2014. The astronomical event occurs when the moon is closest to the Earth in its orbit, making it appear much larger and brighter than usual.  REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY) - RTR41W7U
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