China plans to build its first base on the moon by 2028, before landing astronauts there in the following years as the country steps up its challenge to the moon. NASA’s dominance in space exploration.
The lunar base will probably run on nuclear power energyCaixin report. Its basic configuration will include a lander, hopper, orbiter and rover, all of which will be build by Chang’e missions 6, 7 and 8.
“Our astronauts will probably be able to to the moon in 10 years“, Wu Weiran, chief designer of China’s lunar exploration program, said in an interview with state broadcaster CCTV earlier this week. He said, nuclear power can solve the long-term, high energy needs of the lunar station.
China has ramped up its space ambitions in recent years, sending probes to the moon and building its own spacecraft. space station and set its sights on Mars. The plans put it in direct competition with America. NASA has a rover on the Red Planet and is looking for a way send astronauts back to the moon this decade for the first time since the Apollo program ended in the 1970s.
Both China and the US are spending billions of dollars to not only send humans to the moon, but also to access resources that could promote life on the lunar surface or send spacecraft to Mars.
In 2019, China became the first country to land a rover on the far side of the moon and then brought back the first moon. sample. The base was intended to be the moon’s first Antarctic outpost, an area that scientists say is the best place to find water. NASA is also targeting that part of the moon. China’s ultimate goal is to expand the base into an international research station.
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