Beijing plans to send a piloted mission to the Moon and build a research station there within the next decade, state media reported, quoting a senior space official.
China strives to achieve the status of a superpower and has made a big step towards this goal when it became the first nation to arrive in the distant side of the moon in January.
Now she plans to build a research station on the south pole of the moon within the next 10 years.
He added that Beijing plans to release the probe on Mars by 2020, and confirmed that the fourth lunar probe, Changs-5, will be released at the end of the year.
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Initially planned to collect lunar samples in the second half of 2017, Changes e-5 slowed down as the planned carrier, the powerful Long 5 Y2 missile failed at a separate start in July 2017.
China on Wednesday also announced that the Long Long-5B missile will make its first flight in the first half of 2020, bringing the main parts of the planned space station.
Tiangong – or Heavenly Palace – will enter orbit in 2022, China Manned Space Engineering announced.
It will replace the International Space Station – a collaboration between the United States, Russia, Canada, Europe and Japan – which is expected to retire in 2024.
Last week, Beijing said it would launch a mission to study asteroids and invited collaborators to put their experiments on the probe.
The current moon port Chang & e-4 carries equipment from Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden.
China is now spending more on its civilian and military space programs than Russia and Japan, and is second only to the US. Although opaque, the budget for 2017 was estimated at $ 8.4 billion from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.