For … less than $200 million, along with about $250 million for a rocket — NASA engineers at the Johnson Space Center in Houston say they can safely send a humanoid robot to the Moon. And they say they could accomplish that in a thousand days.
Sending a robot to the Moon is far easier than sending a person. For one, a robot does not need air or food. And there is no return trip.
This reminds me a lot of http://xkcd.com/695/
If a completely non-human robot can elicit that kind of pathos, how will people howl if we leave a little mechanical man to “die” on the moon?