Japan will launch a lunar satellite within three weeks, it represents the beginning of the largest moon project since the American Apollo mission in the sixties. Japan intends to orbit satellites around the moon and hopes within a decade to have a manned mission in operation. China will have a lunar launch before the end of the year. The Chinese raised eyebrows a few years ago when they blasted an old satellite out of the sky by firing some land-based missiles.
Forty years ago, America reached the moon, and then turned its back on that entity to divert resources to a shuttle program. Many experts believe it was a tragic mistake since human destiny lies in the stars. Forty years later, China and Japan are zooming past America which apparently is confused as to future directions in space.