China Aims to Put Man on Moon by 2020, Chinese Takeout by 2025
Hu also announced that the 2020 lunar landing will not be only a scientific mission. "We will also be looking at real estate," he said. "We believe that the moon will eventually be colonized and that it will become a prime market for Chinese takeout restaurants. We want to get in on the ground floor, so to speak, and have been drawing up plans for the first one on the moon by 2025. Admittedly, overhead will be more expensive than on Earth, as we must think about installing not only fire alarm systems, but artificial gravity as well. It's impossible to stir-fry properly in zero gravity, after all."
Initial reaction from the world's various space agencies has been mixed. While Western astronauts are delighted at the prospect of Chinese takeaway in space, the Japanese space agency was unimpressed. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) issued a statement declaring that Japan was the first nation in the world to successfully attempt zero-gravity Asian cuisine by inventing space ramen.