China has the moon’s south pole in sight with 3 missions being launched this decade

China has formally approved three missions aimed at the lunar south pole, with the first to launch around 2024.

The missions dubbed Chang’e 6, Chang’e 7 and Chang’e 8 will be launched in the 2020s, each with different objectives and a range of spacecraft. The trio constitutes the so-called fourth phase for Chinese lunar exploration program, which last landed on the moon in December last year with a test-return mission called Chang’e 5.

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