The China National Space Administration (CNSA) has outlined plans forspace exploration over the next five years. One of the future goals is clearly getting astronauts to the Moon, but this will take much longer (no earlier than 2036, according to the current roadmap). China has also begun exploring Mars with the Zhurong rover.
Space Race: Ambitious Plans
From 2016 to the present, China’s space industry has made many achievements. In 2019, it was the first country to land a rover The hidden side of the moon (Chang’e Mission 4). Instead, in 2020 bring some lunar samples back to Earth (the Chang’e 5 mission). China began building its space station (Tiangong) in 2021. About a month later, it began exploring Mars With the Zhurong rover (mission Tianwen-1).
Almost all recent launches have been with Long March 5/5B missiles, but China has others (Long March 6, 7/7A, 8 and 11) that will be used in the future. Development of new engines and reusable missiles. China will complete building tiangong space station With the launch of the Wentian and Mengtian (Scientific Laboratories) modules to be attached to the Tianhe module which has so far hosted six astronauts.
Before taking the astronauts to color, China has planned two expeditions (Chang’e 6 and 7) to explore the polar regions, where it is likely to find water in the form of ice. Starting in 2026, the construction of the lunar base will begin in cooperation with Russia. The first inhabitants are expected to arrive in 2036.