Toyota, JAXA to Explore Moon with Manned Rover

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Tokyo, March 12 (Jiji Press)--Toyota Motor Corp. <7203> said Tuesday that it has agreed with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, on a project to explore the moon with a manned rover by the early 2030s.

Toyota will develop a special vehicle to be powered by next-generation fuel cells.

"Space exploration should be tackled by team Japan," astronaut Koichi Wakata, vice president of JAXA, said at a symposium in Tokyo attended by Toyota Executive Vice President Shigeki Terashi.

The rover will be as large as two microbuses combined and be able to run 1,000 kilometers per charge of hydrogen and oxygen. It is expected to travel a total of some 10,000 kilometers on the moon.

The hydrogen and oxygen used as fuel will be carried from Earth. Water emitted from the fuel cells will be used for cooling and drinking.

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