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China plans more Moon missions

  • Scitech Report
  • 12 September, 2022 12:00 AM
  • Print news

China plans to launch three unmanned missions to the moon over the next 10 years, as it seeks to rival the US in the new era of space exploration.

China’s National Space Administration, its equivalent of NASA, received approval to send three orbiters to the moon as part of the Chang’e lunar program, said Liu Jizhong, an official with China Lunar Exploration and Space Programme Center, according to CCTV.

The announcement came a day after China said it discovered a new lunar mineral, via samples retrieved by its Chang’e-5 mission. Named Changesite-(Y), the state-run Xinhua news agency termed it as a kind-of colorless transparent columnar crystal. It’s said to contain helium-3, an isotype that’s been speculated as a future energy source. China has ramped up its ambitions in space in recent years.