Saturday, April 27, 2024

China Unveils Latest Progress on Moon Exploration Projects & Plans

China Unveils Latest Progress on Moon Exploration Projects & Plans

The China National Space Administration (CNSA) on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, revealed the latest developments in its lunar exploration projects at an event held in Wuhan City, central China's Hubei Province, along with a preview of their plans ahead.

The unveiling of the concept video for the international lunar research base has generated great anticipation, showcasing the diverse range of functions of the base.

The project is envisioned as a comprehensive scientific experimental base capable of conducting interdisciplinary and multi-objective research activities focusing on lunar exploration and utilization. It will be capable of long-term independent operation, either on the lunar surface or in lunar orbit.

With the continuous accumulation of its deep space exploration technology and experience,China has developed research directions for deep space and international lunar scientific research stations.

"We were able to reach the moon in the past, but now our main focus is to conduct scientific experiments and exploration on its surface. We used to go to a certain point, but now we aim for extensive and in-depth exploration. Previously, government initiatives took the lead, but now there is a shift towards actively involving commercial space ventures under government guidance. Multiple countries are joining forces and collaborating to conduct exploration together," said Wu Weiren, chief designer of China's lunar exploration program.

Wu further explained that the international lunar research base will be constructed in two phases. The first one aims to establish comprehensive scientific facilities with basic functions and essential supporting elements around the lunar south pole by 2035. The second phase plans to build a well-equipped and stable facility of considerable scale around the lunar orbital station by 2045.

"The moon serves as a starting point, and an international lunar research station will provide a platform for long-term scientific research, work and habitation, paving the way for future human exploration into deeper space. It will serve as a technological, material, and intellectual reservoir, preparing us for future missions to Mars and other distant destinations in space," said Wu.

Video Credit: CCTV

Duration: 2 minutes, 18 seconds

Release Date: April 26, 2024

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