Chinese officials have given new insight into their plans for manned ambitious moon mission, which aim to make China the second country to land citizens on the moon. During an aerospace conference in Wuhan, Zhang Hailian, deputy chief engineer of the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA), outlined the preliminary strategy. This mission, planned for 2030, is part of a larger project aimed at establishing a research station on the moon. Zhang outlined the mission’s goals, which include building facilities, performing lunar exploration tasks, and conducting various experiments.
Traveling to the moon: a multi-step process
Two launchers will be involved in the lunar mission, according to the state-run newspaper Global Times. These vehicles will deliver the lander and crewed spacecraft into lunar orbit, facilitating subsequent docking between them. Subsequently, the Chinese astronauts on the spacecraft will be transferred to the lander and descended to the surface of the moon.While on the Moon, astronauts conduct scientific research, collect samples, and then land on a waiting spacecraft in lunar orbit, which facilitates their return to Earth.
Preparations for Ambitious Moon Mission
Before the ambitious moon mission, Chinese researchers are actively developing necessary equipment such as lunar spacesuits, manned lunar rovers, manned spacecraft and landers. These achievements are crucial to the success of China’s lunar exploration.
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China’s Skill in Rapid Development of the aerospace field
Although China entered the space race relatively late, it quickly caught up with other nations. In 2013, China achieved a major milestone by successfully landing a rover on the Moon, becoming the third country to do so. Chinese leader Xi Jinping has emphasized the importance of the space dream as part of China’s broader goal of strengthening the nation.Under Xi, China has invested billions of dollars in its ambitious space program, establishing itself as a major player in space exploration.
China’s space achievements
China’s aerospace achievements are impressive. In 2019, China launched a lunar rover to the far side of the moon, marking a historic milestone. The following year, it became the third country to collect rock samples from the Moon. These achievements have advanced China’s space program and cemented its status as a global space power.
China’s Tiangong Space Station
China’s efforts also extend to building its own space station, called Tiangong. Complete in November, the station will serve as the second operational orbital outpost alongside the International Space Station (ISS). Chinese astronauts are bare from entering the space due to US political objections and legal restrictions. With the ISS expected to retire in 2030, China’s Tiangong could become the only remaining outpost in space. Looking for cooperation with international partners, China shows its willingness to carry out experiments from other countries.
Chinese cities on the moon are gaining momentum
China’s revealed plans for a manned satellite mission underscore its commitment to advancing its space program. With an ambitious schedule, China aims to strengthen its position as a world leader in space exploration. As China continues to push the boundaries and overcome challenges, its ambitious moon mission promises major scientific discoveries and a better understanding of the universe.