Japan has joined the United Sates, Russia, China and India by launching a $2 billion dollar probe toward the moon, which has already proven to be nothing more than a worthless rock.
"So many scientists just aren't getting it", said NASA official Jane Honeysworth. "We've already been to the moon. There's nothing there. It's just a bunch of dry rocks. We've already looked all over. No matter how much you look you're not going to find any water or gold."
"We have to go the moon", said Tatsuaki Okada, a scientist involved in the project. "If we don't go then we will always be asking why we didn't go. This way we will know why we shouldn't go."
"Also, Okada continued, "we want to find out more about the moons origins".
"What difference does it make how the moon was formed?" asked a spoof reporter.
"Well then we will know", Okada explained.
The United States landed astronauts on the moon from 1969 through 1972 and never found a reason to go back. However, each moon landing did prove that every part of the moon is pretty much like every other part of the moon.
"Japan is just wasting its time and money", said NASA administrator Mike Griffin. "We here at NASA are doing useful things and spending billions of taxpayer dollars trying to find bacteria on other worlds. And, by God, someday we will find it".
Japan has tried unsuccessfully on several previous occasions to launch objects into space.