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The China National Space Administration (CNSA) has announced plans to be the first country to establish a base on the moon, and it will be built using 3D printing technology.
CNSA officials made the declaration yesterday in Beijing during a press conference for the State Council Information Office (SCIO). This conference was held following the Chinese lunar exploration mission, Chang’e 4, that achieved the first soft landing on the far side of the Moon, at the beginning of this year.
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“Experts are still discussing and verifying the feasibility of subsequent projects. “We will make the decision according to the performance of Chang’e-5,” said Wu Yanhua, deputy head of the CNSA, who confirmed the launch of another lunar exploration (Chang’e 5), at the end of this year.
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“We hope [to] test some technologies, and do some exploring for the building of a joint lunar base shared by multiple countries. For example, can we build houses on the moon with lunar soil using 3D printing technology?”
The Chang’e 4 lander approaching the surface of the far side of the moon. This will be the location of the 3D printed houses. Footage via CNSA.
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Created in 1993, the CNSA was established as a government institution to develop and realize China’s international obligations regarding space activities. After the success of the Chang’e 4, the CNSA has announced three successive missions that will further explore this uncharted lunar surface.
These missions will be designed to retrieve samples from the South Pole of the moon. This...
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