Do you know if they launched a probe to Mars recently? If I remember correctly it would have been in the last 9 months.
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>Subject: Mars / Japan
>Date: Sun, Apr 4, 1999, 5:12 PM
> In a message dated 99-04-04 19:44:38 EDT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeff Taylor)
>> btw: on another point of interest, relating to Mars colonies, someone said
>> they'd heard Japan announced they are entering the space race and they
>> recently sent a probe to Mars AND announced they are planning a manned mars
>> mission. Can anyone confirm or deny this based on some more legitimate
> I follow developments in space technology as an interested layman and can
> tell you this sounds like bunk. The Japanese do have an active, if
> relatively small space program, but they don't have the lifting capacity to
> do anything like a manned Mars mission -- especially in the midst of a
> serious economic recession.
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