China’s Plans to Explore the Solar System

May 2, 2017

This might come as a surprise to some. China is planning to go where no human has gone before and get there second or in some cases first. After all, only a few Americans have walked on the moon and nowhere else in the solar system, and it shouldn’t be a surprise because many Chinese are into UFOs and science fiction too.

The Indian Express.com reports, “China plans to become first country to land on dark side of the moon.” China announced  that it will launch a lunar probe in 2018 to achieve the world’s first soft landing on the far side of the moon to showcase its ambitious space programme.

In March 2017, China Daily reported on China’s next goal in space, to ride an asteroid.  A similar program was approved by President Obama but the Malignant Narcissist in the White House Donald Trump wants to cancel those plans. After sending a probe to Mars in 2020, China plans to explore three asteroids and land on one of them to conduct scientific research, according to a Chinese asteroid research expert.

Late in 2017, China’s first space station, Tiangon-1 will be falling to Earth, but China has already launched its second space lab Tiangon-2  into orbit and plans a larger space station in 2020.

NBC News reports, “With the current U.S.-led International Space Station expected to retire in 2024, China could be the only nation left with a permanent presence in space. China is ‘on the rise and the U.S. is in very real danger of falling behind in the future,’ warned Leroy Chiao, a former NASA astronaut and veteran of four space flights, one of which included commanding the International Space Station. … China is building its own capability and their aim is clearly to become the world leader in space exploration,” Chiao told NBC News. He was the first American allowed into the Astronaut Center of China in 2006 and has visited several times since.

Popular Science.com  says, “After years of investment and strategy, China is well on its way to becoming a space superpower—and maybe even a dominant one. … There are plans (in China) for heavy-lift rockets, manned space stations, and one of the world’s largest satellite-imaging and -navigation networks. Meanwhile the U.S. —particularly where human spaceflight is concerned—is hardly moving at all.”

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Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of My Splendid Concubine, Crazy is Normal, Running with the Enemy, and The Redemption of Don Juan Casanova.

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