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China discloses its plans to send humans to the moon by 2030.

China is trying to become only the second country to put citizens on the moon, and on Wednesday officials revealed new details about their plans for a human lunar mission.

Zhang Hailian, the China Manned Space Agency’s (CMSA) deputy chief engineer, was said to have made the announcement on Wednesday, announced the preliminary plan at an aerospace summit in the city of Wuhan.

The mission is scheduled for sometime before 2030 and is related to the construction of a lunar research outpost. According to Zhang, the facility would conduct tests related to moon research and look into the best ways to construct the facility.

According to the official Chinese newspaper Global Times, two rockets will launch a lunar lander and a manned spaceship into lunar orbit, where they will meet and dock. Once the spacecraft and lander have docked, the Chinese astronauts on board will enter the lander to make the trip to the moon’s surface.

Following their “scientific exploration” and sample collection on the moon, they will return to the lander and connect with the orbiting spaceship that will return them to Earth, as reported by the Global Times.

According to Xinhua, Chinese scientists are hard at work creating moon suits, manned lunar rovers, manned spacecraft, and moon landers in preparation for the expedition.

Reports from China’s official media outlets did not reveal how many Chinese astronauts will make the trip to the moon.

China’s space program has experienced significant progress in recent years, and the lunar mission is the most recent example of this trend.

China didn’t launch its first satellite until 1970, long after the US had sent a man on the moon, but since then, Beijing has made significant strides in the space program.

China successfully landed a lunar rover in 2013, making it only the third nation to accomplish this feat. Leader Xi Jinping of China said at the time, “the space dream is a component of the goal to strengthen China.”

China’s ambitious space program has received billions of dollars in funding from Xi’s administration. Euroconsult, a consulting group, predicted Beijing’s spending in space exploration to be over $5.8 billion in 2019.

In that year, China sent a spacecraft to the far side of the moon, making history in the process. Then, in the year 2020, it joined an elite club by becoming only the third nation to bring back moon rocks.

Tiangong, China’s own space station, was finished last November after years of construction. Chinese astronauts have been barred from the International Space Station (ISS) for a very long time due to political opposition and legislative constraints in the United States.

However, if the ISS should to cease operations in 2030, Tiangong may be the last outpost still in operation. China is eager to work with other countries and has offered to host foreign experiments at its station.

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