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China takes another step to build its base on the Moon | Digital Trends Spanish

China wants to become a relevant player in the field of space exploration. Recently, the National Space Administration of China (ANEC) unveiled the fourth stage of the Chang’e lunar exploration project.

This new phase will be developed in the next 10 years and includes the launch to the south pole of the natural satellite of three scientific devices: Chang’e 6, Chang’e 7 and Chang’e 8.

Wu Yanhua, deputy director of ANEC, explained in an interview with China Aerospace News that the first to be launched will be the Chang’e 7, which has an orbiter, a moon landing module, a rover and a small probe that can take off and fly repeatedly.

This device will carry out several tasks, although its most important mission will be to investigate the geological conditions and characteristics of the lunar surface, in addition to detecting the existence of ice in the place.

The launch of this ship is scheduled for 2023.

A base with Russia

According to Wu, the Chang’e 8 will have to build “the basic model of a lunar scientific research station.”

According to the official, this will be the predecessor station of the manned scientific base that the Asian giant wants to build on the Moon jointly with Russia.

For this, the program also contemplates the realization of manned trips to the satellite, which should be launched during the fourth phase of the project.

“Knowing and mastering more information about the Moon will help in choosing the location of manned landings,” adds Wu.

In this sense, the researcher explained that the probes will also help determine what type of scientific studies will be better to carry out on the Moon.

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