China is planning to build its moon station in a span of ten years. Beijing is thinking of sending a manned mission to the moon for building a research station there. As per their plan, they will take a span of 10 years to develop this. A top space official reported on Wednesday. China wants to become a space superpower and for this status, it is about to take a major step. It will then become the first nation that will land a rover on moon’s far side. Their plan is to build a research station on the south pole of the moon in the coming ten years. Zhang Kejian, head of the China National Space Administration said all this in his speech marking “Space Day.”
He also said that by 2020, China is planning to launch a Mars probe. He also confirmed that they will launch the Chang’e-5, forth lunar probe by end of this year. The Chang’e-5 was originally scheduled to collect the samples of the moon in the year 2017. This project was delayed when Long March 5 Y2 rocket, its planned carrier failed in July 2017, during a separate launch. On Wednesday, China also announced about Long March 5 Y2 rocket that it will be making its first flight and carry some sore parts of the space station as planned. This will be done in the first half of 2020. The “Heavenly Palace” i.e. the Tiangong which is the first space station of China will go into the orbit in 2022, as said by the officials from China Manned Space Engineering Office.
International Space Station will be replaced by this mission. The international space station is a collaboration between Russia, the United States, Japan, Canada and Europe. It will retire in the year 2024 approximately, and China aims to replace it till then. China may also launch a mission for asteroid exploration and then invite the collaborators to carry out the experiments on the probe. Nowadays, China is spending much more on its space programs as compared to Japan and Russia; only the United States is ahead of China in this. Its budget to be spent on civil and military space programs was estimated at $8.4 billion in 2017.
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