China approves THREE more missions to the moon over the next decade

China has approved three more missions to the Moon over the next decade, including those involving rovers, a flying vessel and the launch of a permanent base.

This will be the fourth phase of the Chinese lunar plan, which has previously seen them photograph the dark side and return samples of the moonstone to Earth.

Future missions scheduled to begin in 2024 will become increasingly complex, resulting in the basic model of a lunar research station built on the Moon.

This station is a joint project with the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, and is expected to be operational ahead of a joint manned mission in 2030.

Known as Chang’e 6, 7 and 8, the trio of unmanned lunar missions will launch through the 2020s on a number of spacecraft, according to Wu Yanhua, deputy head of the China National Space Administration (CNSA).

The move comes as part of China’s growing push for space exploration, which prompted the country to launch its own space station in 2021.

China has approved three more missions to the Moon over the coming decade, including those involving rovers, a flying vessel and the launch of a permanent base

China has approved three more missions to the Moon over the coming decade, including those involving rovers, a flying vessel and the launch of a permanent base

The Yutu 2 rover (pictured), which arrived almost three years ago with the first spacecraft to land on the dark side of the moon, saw the object as it traveled across the Von Kármán crater

The Yutu 2 rover (pictured), which arrived almost three years ago with the first spacecraft to land on the dark side of the moon, saw the object as it traveled across the Von Kármán crater

Known as the International Lunar Research Station (ILRS), it will consist of a surface lunar base and station in lunar orbit, and construction is expected to start in 2026

Known as the International Lunar Research Station (ILRS), it will consist of a surface lunar base and station in lunar orbit, and construction is expected to start in 2026

UPCOMING CHANGE MISSIONS

Chang’e-6 will be the first mission to explore the South Pole of the Moon. It is expected to be launched in 2023 or 2024.

Chang’e-7 will study the earth’s surface, its composition, the space environment in an overall mission, according to the Chinese Space Authority, while Chang’e-8 will focus on technical surface analysis.

China is also reportedly working on building a lunar base using 3D printing technology and sending a future manned mission to the surface.

Chang’e-8 is likely to lay the groundwork for this as it strives to verify technology for the project.

The first of phase four lunar missions to be launched will be Chang’e 7, which is expected to be launched around 2024, with NASA expected to return humans to the moon.

The Chinese mission will be multifunctional, including a relay satellite, a lander, a rover and a mini-flying vessel, similar to the NASA Ingenuity helicopter used on Mars.

The collection of lunar vehicles is designed to hunt for evidence of ice at the moon’s south pole, which could provide water and fuel for a future colony.

They will carry a variety of scientific instruments including radar, camera, mineral images, thermometer and even a water molecule analyzer.

The goal is to create a comprehensive picture of the lunar environment and will be launched on China’s largest rocket, Long March 5.

Chang’e 6 will be launched as number two, although no specific dates have been given for when it is expected to leave Earth.

It was originally intended as a backup for the Chang’e 5 test-return mission that brought rock samples back to Earth in December 2020.

Now a mission in itself, it will build on the success of Chang’e 5, by bringing rock samples back to Earth, but also carrying scientific payloads for international partners, including France, Italy, Russia and Sweden.

The finale of the trio, Chang’e 8, launches at the end of the decade and is the first mission to begin construction of the Joint Russia-China International Lunar Research Station (ILRS).

The unmanned mission will test technology designed to capture local lunar resources and use them to 3D-print structures.

“The main purpose of these three missions is for China to build the basic model of a lunar research station in collaboration with Russia, led by China,” Wu told CCTV.

‘The construction of the station can lay a solid foundation for us to better explore the moon’s environment and resources, including how to peacefully use and develop the moon’s resources.’

This will be the fourth phase of the Chinese lunar plan, which has previously seen them photograph the dark side and return samples of the moonstone to Earth.

This will be the fourth phase of the Chinese lunar plan, which has previously seen them photograph the dark side and return samples of the moonstone to Earth.

The goal is to create a comprehensive picture of the lunar environment and will be launched on China's largest rocket, Long March 5.

The goal is to create a comprehensive picture of the lunar environment and will be launched on China’s largest rocket, Long March 5.

Eventually, it will include a fully robot-based base, designed for research and exploration of the moon’s surface without the need for human intervention.

This will then be expanded to allow astronauts to make long-term stays on the moon’s surface into the 2030s, according to Wu.

China currently operates the Chang’e 4 lander and rover on the other side of the moon, and has been doing so since 2019.

It is currently the study stone it has seen on the horizon, and which has been called a ‘mystery hut’ by Chinese space fans.

CHINA MAKES PLANS TO BECOME SUPER POWER IN SPACE WITH MARCH AND MOON MISSIONS

Officials from the Chinese Space Agency are working to become a superpower in space along with the United States and Russia.

They have already sent the first lander to explore the far side of the moon – and share photos from the part of our nearest neighbor we rarely see as part of the Chang’e-4 mission.

In November 2020, they sent the Chang’e-5 spacecraft to the moon to collect and return the first samples of lunar soil in 45 years.

This was done in collaboration with the European Space Agency, which provided tracking information to the Chinese spacecraft.

Chang’e-6 will be the first mission to explore the moon’s south pole and is expected to be launched in 2023 or 2024.

Chang’e-7 will study the earth’s surface, its composition, the space environment in an overall mission, according to the Chinese Space Authority, while Chang’e-8 will focus on technical surface analysis.

China is also reportedly working on building a lunar base using 3D printing technology and sending a future manned mission to the surface.

Mission number eight is likely to lay the groundwork for this, as it strives to verify the technology earmarked for the project.

CNSA is also building a space station in orbit around the Earth, where Chinese astronauts will perform scientific experiments, similar to the crew of the International Space Station.

The agency also launched a mission to Mars in the summer of 2020 and landed a rover on the red planet in May 2021.

China is also said to be working on a project to build a solar energy generator in space that would send energy back to Earth and become the largest man-made object in orbit.

They also have a number of ambitious space science projects, including satellites to hunt for signs of gravitational waves and Earth observation spacecraft to monitor climate change.

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