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China wants to be the first country to establish a base on the moon and will be using 3D printing technology to build facilities, the Chinese space agency said Monday, weeks after landing a rover on the far side of the moon.
Officials from the China National Space Administration (CNSA) said that the forthcoming Chang'e-5 mission will be launched before the end of the year, and will bring Moon rock samples back to Earth. Three successive missions will further explore the barren surface of the moon and test equipment for an international lunar research base.
Chang'e-5 - Mission - Surface - Moon - End
"Chang'e-5 will return mission sampling from the surface of the Moon around the end of this year," said Dr Wu Yanhua, deputy director of the CNSA and deputy commander of Lunar Exploration Programme. "Our country's first Mars exploration mission will take place before and after 2020."
After Chang'e-5 returns lunar rocks from the surface the next mission, China will launch Chang'e-6 to bring samples back from the south pole of the moon. "Whether the probe will land on the near side or the far side of the moon, we will make the decision according to the performance of Chang'e 5," Wu said.
Chang'e-7 - Land - Surface - Composition - Terrain
Chang'e-7 will study the land surface, composition, terrain and space environment. Chang'e-8 will focus on scientific surveys and...
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