China, which made its first lunar landing in 2013, plans to land an astronaut on the moon by 2030.
As Beijing solidifies plans for a long-term colonization of the moon, China is considering building buildings on the moon using 3D printing technology, the official China Daily reported Monday.
Chang’e 5, China’s lunar exploration mission in 2020, named after the mythical Chinese moon goddess, brought back China’s first lunar soil sample to Earth with an unmanned spacecraft. China, which first landed on the moon in 2013, plans to land astronauts on the moon by 2030.
By then, China will have launched its Chang’e 6, 7 and 8 missions, the latter tasked with searching the moon for reusable resources for long-term human habitation.
The Chang’e 8 probe will conduct field surveys of the environment and mineral composition to determine whether technologies such as 3D printing can be applied to the lunar surface, China Daily said, according to China National scientists. I quoted Mr. Wu Weiren. space management. “If you want to stay on the moon for a long time, you have to build a station using lunar materials,” Wu said.
China hopes to build a moon-to-Earth lunar base within five years, Chinese media reported earlier this month.
According to experts from the Chinese Academy of Engineering, the robot tasked with making “moon soil bricks” during the Chang’e 8 mission will launch around 2028.
The competition to set foot on the moon has intensified in recent years, especially with the United States.
This month, NASA and the Canadian Space Agency named his four astronauts for the Artemis II mission, scheduled for late 2024.