China wants to be the first country to establish a base on the moon and says it will build it using 3D printing technology. Officials from the Chinese space agency also said the country will return to the moon by the end of the year with the Chang’e-5 mission. Three successive missions will further explore the barren surface and the viability of building houses there. China National Space Administration (CNSA) said they also have plans to go to Mars in 2020, a timeline that would likely make them the first to do so, beating out the US, Russia and the plethora of private firms looking to colonise space. China successfully achieved a global first with its trip to the far side of the moon when it landed in the Von Kármán crater on January 4. Speaking at a conference earlier today, the high-ranking CNSA staff claimed the ground-breaking mission only cost the same as building one kilometer of underground railway. The lander and its corresponding rover – Yutu-2 – sent back images of the equipment and the moonscape last week after the rover, called Jade Rabbit 2 in English, woke from an enforced ‘nap’. China’s lunar probe has sent the first… Read full this story
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