China Moon Missions : China To Launch Three Moon Mission In Coming Decade Aims To Investigate Lunar South Pole And Built Lunar Research Center

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China has approved three more missions to the Moon in the coming decade, including the introduction of rovers and a permanent base. This will be the fourth phase of China’s Lunar Plan. Earlier missions involved photographing the dark side of the Moon and returning samples of Moon rock to Earth. Starting in 2024, missions will become increasingly complex, resulting in a basic model of a lunar research station on the Moon.

The station will be part of a joint project with the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, and is expected to launch before a joint crewed mission in 2030. According to Wu Yanhua, deputy chief of China’s National Space Administration (CNSA), uncrewed lunar missions like Chang’e 6, 7 and 8 will launch in the 2020s. The move comes amid increasing pressure on China in the field of ‘space exploration’, under which China launched its own space station in 2021.
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Instruments like NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter
The first Moon mission of the fourth phase will be Chang’e 7 which is expected to launch around 2024, when NASA prepares to send humans once again to the Moon. The Chinese mission will be multi-role, consisting of a relay satellite, a lander, a rover and a mini flying craft, similar to NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter used on Mars. These vehicles are designed to look for evidence of ice at the Moon’s south pole, which could provide water and fuel for a future colony.

Chang’e 6 launch date not revealed
It will carry a range of scientific instruments, including radar, cameras, mineral imagers, thermometers and even a water-molecule analyzer. It aims to conduct a comprehensive exploration of the Moon’s environment and will be launched on the Long March 5, China’s largest rocket. Chang’e 6 will be the second launch mission, although no specific date has been disclosed for this.


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