China says it will build the first ever lunar base within the next ten years.
Zhang Kejian, head of China’s National Space Management, announced the plan to set up shop on the Moon’s southern pole on Wednesday, according to Phys.org – along with an ambitious plethora of world plans, including lunar probes, a new orbital space station and a countless Mars mission. They are high targets, but if they succeed, they will cement China’s place as a new leader in space exploration.
China’s space agency has previously discussed plans to replace the international space station when it retires in 2024 or to build a base on the moon.
But Zhang’s comments now provide a timeline ̵
1; China plans to launch the first parts of the space station next year and the moon and Mars probes will both be launched later this year, by Phys.org .
It is still unclear how China will prioritize the many steps towards getting astronauts prepared to spend longer periods on the moon, but if the country wants to deliver within a decade, China’s space management needs
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