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State making plans to advance aerospace industry

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HONOLULU (AP) - Video game entrepreneur Henk Rogers is calling for the state to become a leader in space exploration and has proposed developing a lunar base on the moon from Hawaii.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Rogers is chairman of the board for the state-funded Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems. He made his proposal Tuesday during a discussion as part of the 2016 Hawaii Aerospace Summit.

He says a lunar base prototype should be built on the Big Island, as materials found on Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea can be used for the project and are similar to those found on the moon.

Gov. David Ige, who also attended the event, says the summit was meant to bring people together to figure out ways to advance the state's aerospace industry.

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