Japan plans to use $2.2 billion to make a lunar base operated by robots at the south pole of moon by 2020.
* A Japanese government panel has produced a draft paper outlining how humanoid rover robots will begin surveying the moon by 2015, according to a report by the prime minister's office.
* the droids (weighing 300 kg / 660 pounds) will roll on treads and operate within a 60-mile (100 km) radius of the base. They'll be equipped with solar panels, seismographs to investigate the moon's inner structure, high-def cameras, and arms to gather rock samples, which will be returned to Earth via rocket.
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