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Kajima to develop automated construction machinery for building on Mars, moon

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The planet Mars is shown in this NASA Hubble Space Telescope view taken May 12 when it was 50 million miles from Earth. (NASA/Handout via Reuters)   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan's Kajima plans to develop fully automated construction machinery for building facilities on Mars and the moon for long-term human stays.

The major Japanese construction company will team up with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The machinery should be ready to build a facility to accommodate four to six people on the moon in around 2030 and on Mars in around 2040.

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