Chinese space authorities told state media South China Morning Post (SCMP) that the unmanned lunar station, built jointly with Russia, will be completed around 2027.
The new plan, which takes place eight years ahead of schedule, will help China get ahead of the United States in the space race.
China’s Chang’e 8 moon landing mission was originally intended to conduct scientific studies such as 3D printing of moon dust, but China’s National Space Administration (CNSA) deputy director Wu Yanhua announced that the administration’s new target is setting up unmanned search. station on the lunar surface, which was previously scheduled for 2035.
Wu, without disclosing the details of the decision, stressed that the mission was to “build a solid foundation for the peaceful use of lunar resources.”
China’s lunar program has progressed steadily and at its own pace for years, with Chinese space authorities repeatedly claiming that the country was not interested in a space race like that of the Cold War.
Sudden change in China’s plans could be linked to NASA’s intention moon landing in 2025, which is delayed but still earlier than that of China. The Artemis program is extremely complex. This requires the construction of a facility similar to the International Space Station in lunar orbit with an estimated cost of $ 100 billion by 2025. NASA recently warned that the first landing could be delayed by several years due to challenges. techniques and others.
China’s deputy chief human space program designer Zhang Chongfeng previously criticized the United States for pushing a “speaker move” on the moon, shortly after the Chang’e 5-T1 mission brought lunar samples back to Earth in 2014. The movement of fences was a campaign by British aristocrats in the 18th and 19th centuries to seize land that previously belonged to everyone in a village.
The US government and NASA have proposed the Artemis Accords to establish rules for future lunar activities. The agreements allow governments or private companies to protect their facilities or “heritage sites” by setting up security zones that prohibit the entry of others and are already signed by more than a dozen American allies.
The only countries opposing the agreements are China and Russia, saying the agreements challenge existing international protocols, including the United Nations Moon Treaty. Zhang defends that the UN Moon Treaty states that the Moon belongs to the entire human race.