Chinese officials plan to create an international lunar base
China is serious about creating an international lunar base. Perhaps the process will be based on 3D printing technology for the construction of the necessary facilities. Representatives of the China National Space Administration announced this on January 14, 2019.
A few weeks ago, the Chinese lunar rover successfully landed on the back of an earth satellite. It is reported that 4 more lunar missions are planned, which means that at the end of 2019 they must collect lunar samples. Future launches will end with a mission to test equipment for an international research base.
China is trying with all its might to consolidate its status as a leader in the space research industry and the landing on the dark side is only the first weighty argument in favor of the country. The unit Chang'e-4 released a moon rover, which will conduct experiments in the crater Karman. Rover Yutu-2 recently woke up after 5 days of hibernation.
China’s desire to become a space superpower was confirmed by the successful landing of a spacecraft on the far side of the moon
This is the first time that it will be possible to study the origin and formation of the dark side of the moon, including the exact age of the earth satellite. What do future missions include? At the end of 2019, the Chang'e-5 spacecraft should be launched. Initially, it was planned to launch in 2017, but the rocket came out of a standing.
Then Chang'e-6 starts, which will extract samples at the south pole of the Moon and deliver them to Earth. It will be followed by Chang'e-7 and will conduct a comprehensive study of the south pole, including topography, composition, and environment. But Chang'e-8 should test technologies for the future lunar base.