In Japan, they are considering the possibility of building a plant on the lunar surface where the production of hydrogen fuel will be carried out. The project is planned to be implemented by 2035.
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These plans were announced by representatives of the JAXA agency. According to the plans of specialists, a factory may appear in the region of the south pole of the Earth's satellite, where ice deposits are concentrated. It is the latter that will serve for the production of fuel, hydrogen and oxygen. H2 will act as fuel for movement on the lunar surface and for some similar purposes. It is assumed that through the implementation of the project, it will be possible to significantly reduce the cost of transporting fuel from the Earth, contributing to more active space exploration.
In recent years, Tokyo has been actively cooperating in this direction with the United States. The countries have agreed that their astronauts will land on the moon by 2024.