|2006-08-05 18:01 (UTC)
Yeah. What I'm curious is to see if the 'moonbase' is going to be closer to the space station except that it will just be on the moon instead of in orbit. And, I'm also thinking that it might be JAXA's thinking that, in 25-30 years, improvements in technology will provide for the 100 ton rocket (or, likely, better).
I guess the crux is what they mean, exactly, by a 'crewed lunar base'. It makes it sound like there will be a staff that mans the base at all times, but like you said, I'm not sure how feasible that is. If, on the other hand, it's going to be like the space station, maybe it's not so far fetched.
At least, according to Wiki, the presence of ISS places permanent human presence in space because it's had at least 2 members occupying it since the first permanent crew occupied it in late 2000. They've managed to keep that going so a lunar base in another three decades might seem a possible goal.
We really should be asking Sandy about this, I think, heh.