- China plans to send astronauts to the Moon before 2030 and expand their orbiting space station in response to the USA’s renewed effort to explore the Moon’s south pole.
- China is considering plans for permanent crewed bases on the Moon and has sought foreign collaboration in the past to build them.
- The space race to the Moon is becoming more intense, with NASA planning a crewed mission for 2023 and India’s Chandrayaan-3 mission planned for July 12.
In a major announcement today, China’s National Space Administration (CNSA) revealed that the country is planning to send astronauts to the moon by 2030. The announcement comes as part of China’s ambitious space exploration program, which has already seen the country make significant strides in the field.
According to the CNSA, the plan is to launch a manned mission to the moon by 2030, marking a major milestone in Chinese space exploration. The mission will involve a team of astronauts landing on the lunar surface, conducting a range of experiments and research, and returning to Earth safely.
China has made no secret of its space exploration ambitions in recent years, with numerous successful missions to space already under its belt. The country has successfully launched and operated its own space station, and has sent multiple spacecraft to explore the Moon, Mars, and other planets.
Despite the progress made by China in space exploration, there are still many challenges to overcome before a manned mission to the moon becomes a reality. The CNSA has acknowledged that the mission will require significant technological advancements, as well as the development of new spacecraft and launch vehicles.
Nevertheless, the announcement is a major milestone for China’s space program, and underscores the country’s commitment to becoming a major player in the field. As the world looks to the moon and beyond for new opportunities in space exploration, China’s plans to send astronauts to the lunar surface are sure to capture the attention of scientists, policymakers, and space enthusiasts alike.