The Chinese National Space Administration (CSNA) intends to build a research station on the moon in the region of The Moon's South Pole, Zhang Kejian, head of CSNA, said in a public statement, Xinhua reported. NASA's Apollo moon landings, which took place near the moon's equator between 1
Details of China's long-term lunar plans are still sketchy, but CSNA has made significant steps toward lunar exploration. Earlier this year, the Chinese successfully landed the uncrewed Chang'e-4 on the far side of the moon, and thus have placed astronauts aboard two temporary space stations, Tiangong-1 and Tiangong-2. Their space agency also plans to put a larger, more permanent station into orbit in the coming years. [Photos from the Moon’s Far Side! China’s Chang’e 4 Lunar Landing]
The long-term March of 5, 2020, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported; The mission does not want to be associated with the International Space Station.
Kejian thus announced that Chang'e-5, at uncrewed lunar lander originally scheduled for Launched in 2017, Xinhua reported that it will attempt to reach the moon and return samples in 2019.
China currently spends more on spaceflight than any country except the US, according to AFP. At the moment, the U.S. is unable to put humans into space without hitching a ride on a Russian rocket; plan to change that model by using for-profit rockets – such as those owned by SpaceX – have hit some snags. Still, American officials have also suggested that there are plans to return to the moon and stay on the planet for an extended period in the near future.
Originally published on Live Science .