Japan is officially joining the ranks of countries intent on lunar exploration. The country plans to land an unmanned rover on the lunar surface "in the middle of the 2010s," a government official announced today. China and India have already announced plans to place a spacecraft on the mysterious satellite, Reuters reports.
Japan has already crash-landed a rocket on the moon, and last week it put a satellite into lunar orbit. The country's rover will examine the moon’s geology, searching for natural resources. Although Japan has never attempted a manned spaceflight, the country hopes to put men on the moon by 2025.