Published: Сб, Апреля 29, 2017
Science | By Carlton Santiago

China talking with European Space Agency about moon outpost

China talking with European Space Agency about moon outpost

The Chinese space agency is working with the European Space Agency (ESA) on the mission. In the meantime, the US Trump Administration has talked up plans to visit both the Moon and Mars but declined to join discussions with China and the ESA.

Now, the superpower has announced that it is has opened discussions with the European Space Agency (ESA) to potentially help it realise its goal of a moon base. The space market has changed significantly since the United States of America vs. USSR space race in the 1960s. Tian added that the Chang'e 5 mission, to be carried out by the end of 2017, will achieve the major task of collecting samples from the moon and then returning to Earth. There is no timeline for when the "moon village" would be established or operational, but it does indicate that Beijing has huge ambitions in space exploration.

"We recognise that to explore space for peaceful purposes, we do worldwide cooperation".

Johann Dietrich Woener the director general of the 22-member ESA detailed the expected "Moon Village" as a likely worldwide launching pad for the future missions to Mars as well as a chance to work on space tourism or lunar mining.

The ESA hopes to conduct analysis on samples bought back by this year's mission, which is known as Chang'e 5. The moon is tidally locked to our planet, so we always see the same side of the moon.

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Chinese and European space agencies have come together to consider the possibility of a new joint base on the Moon.

Jiao Weixin, an astronomy professor at Peking University, told the Communist Party mouthpiece Global Times that China's participation in the construction of the worldwide "moon village" shows the country's open-mindedness.

Last week the China National Space Administration launched an unmanned spacecraft on a mission to dock with its now unoccupied space station. The lunar outpost could provide unique opportunities to study the moon in great detail, said Jiao.

Space exploration is not an unfamiliar territory for China.

China sent its first man into space in 2003. Also, China can not have space collaboration with the United States as space cooperation with China has been excluded by the latter under a law passed in 2011.

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