The Hush Post: China is planning to set up a robot station on the moon to conduct advanced experimental research on lunar geography.
The base can conduct advanced and complex research and experiments, said the state-run Global Times quoting space officials who unfolded the plan at a symposium in Shanghai.
China’s space programme included several manned missions, building permanent space station and also reaching Mars. In support of the lunar landing programme, China is set to launch a carrier rocket with a 100-ton-plus payload for the first time by about 2030. China has plans to land the Chang’e-4 lunar probe on the dark side of the moon in 2018. The Chang’e-5 probe will be launched in 2019, the last chapter in China’s three-step – orbit, land and return – lunar exploration programme. Chang e’4 and Chang’e 5 are the unmanned Chinese lunar exploration missions, right now being developed, the two are expected to land on the Moon by 2018 and 2019 after being postponed earlier. Change e’5 will aim to return at least 2 kilograms of lunar soil and rock samples back to the Earth.
Later, China will launch three more missions to study the moon’s South Pole, which is on the far side of the moon and not visible to the earth. While, it’s first Mars probe is scheduled to be launched on a Long March 5, which is the premier heavy lift rocket of China, and the launch should happen by 2020 from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in South China.