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    ANDREW JONES on China's preparation for Cheng'e 5 mission.

    At the end of the article he indicates that India, Japan and USA have missions to the moon also in the next few years.

    http://gbtimes.com/china/china-prepa...ssion-change-5

    Scientists in China are engaged in intense preparations for the launch of the Chang'e-5 lunar probe in the second half of 2017, state media report.

    The complex mission will involve a number of stages and components that will combine to land on and collect samples from the Moon, before ascending, a docking in lunar orbit, and heading home.

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    Cheng'e 5 mission if successful will give five firsts for China.

    http://www.ecns.cn/cns-wire/2017/01-03/239914.shtml

    Hu Hao, the chief designer of the third phase, said Chang'e-5 weighs 8.2 tons and will be launched by the rocket Long March 5.

    The mission is expected to achieve five firsts for China since the country initiated its space exploration programs: first unmanned sampling, first takeoff from the moon's surface, first unmanned docking on the moon orbiting 380,000km from Earth, and first return to Earth with lunar soil samples at a speed close to the escape velocity.

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    Cheng'e 5 mission if successful will give five firsts for China.

    http://www.ecns.cn/cns-wire/2017/01-03/239914.shtml

    Hu Hao, the chief designer of the third phase, said Chang'e-5 weighs 8.2 tons and will be launched by the rocket Long March 5.

    The mission is expected to achieve five firsts for China since the country initiated its space exploration programs: first unmanned sampling, first takeoff from the moon's surface, first unmanned docking on the moon orbiting 380,000km from Earth, and first return to Earth with lunar soil samples at a speed close to the escape velocity.

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    Another article from Dr Paul D. Spudis on the dangers to the US from China's progress on the moon missions.

    http://www.airspacemag.com/daily-pla...ess-180961633/

    "At the end of 2016, China released a paper describing the nation’s very successful year in space, including an outline of their upcoming and future plans and intentions. Though well underway, China’s space accomplishments and stated plans continue to fly over the heads of many who continue to dismissively call Chinese lunar efforts “pointless.” While China continues to collect data from their 2013 Chang’E 3 lunar lander, this new report discusses two new Chang’E missions to the Moon—a lander/rover to be sent to the far side and another lander to collect samples of the lunar surface’s near side.

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    If we what to go to a new destination, we will get a map of it to identify places of interest.

    China clearly has indicated that they want to go to the moon. To that end they have decided to create a 1:2.5 million scale geological map of the Moon.

    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/20..._135957816.htm

    "Ouyang Ziyuan, first chief scientist of China's lunar exploration program, said five universities and research institutes have set standards for digital mapping and drawing of the Moon's geological structure.

    A sketch version of the map, 4.36 meters by 2.2 meters, will be finished by 2018, and released by 2020.

    The map will provide information on geology, structure and rock types and will reflect the timeline of the Moon's evolution."

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    Latest date for China's manned moon landing - 2032

    http://www.popsci.com/china-lunar-lander-moon

    Though China's goal of landing a man on the moon is still more than a decade away, the country is already testing key equipment for the 2032 mission. Most recently, the program has been testing the landing gear for the lunar module.

    The lunar module is the part of the manned spacecraft that will actually touch down on the moon's surface. When used, the upper half of the module blasts back up into orbit to rendezvous with the orbiting command module.

    Landing gear is a critical for a successful lunar mission. It needs to be able to brace the rest of the lander, as well as actively adjust to uneven terrain by manipulating its computer-controlled struts assemblies. Like the rest of the module, the landing gear needs to be shielded against thermal changes as well as be robust enough to handle the surface impact. (For context, the Apollo lunar module had a terminal speed of 7 feet per second). Since the landing gear is the only part of the module that will make actual contact with the lunar terrain, it may also contain instruments in the landing pads to gather scientific data on lunar soil.

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    The camera pointing system used by Chang'e 3 was developed in Hong Kong.

    http://m.scmp.com/presented/news/top...ng-system-moon

    "At 1:11pm on the afternoon of 14 December 2013, Chang’e-3 touched down gently on the surface of the moon at Sinus Iridum, the “Bay of Rainbows”.

    The landing was smooth and without incident, as evidenced by the clear images that came beaming back to Beijing from the camera pointing system that sat securely on top of the lunar lander.

    This great achievement was a first for China and also for the team of scientists from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University who developed and built the tiny 85cm long camera pointing system — the first such instrument made in Hong Kong for China’s lunar exploration programme."

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    Chang'5 mission will complete the 3rd phase of the moon three step programme. Chang'e 4 will then be the start of their 4th phase of their moon exploration plans.

    http://gbtimes.com/china/chinese-lun...s-and-far-side

    "With the launch of the Chang'e-5 Moon sample return probe this November, China will complete its original three-step programme to separately orbit, land on, and collect materials from the Moon.

    But the country's ambitions won't stop there, according to Ye Peijian, a chief commander of the China Lunar Exploration Project (CLEP).

    Ye told media on Wednesday that the pioneering Chang'e-4 mission to the lunar far side in late 2018 - utilising the backup lander and rover from the Chang'e-3 mission - will kick off a brand new fourth phase of exploration."

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    The history of China's moon exploration ambition.

    https://chinaspacereport.com/program...r-exploration/

    "When China launched its first artificial Earth satellite into orbit in 1970, Chinese space professionals envisaged that ambitious missions to explore the Moon and other planets in the solar system would soon follow. However, by the mid-1970s the country was on the verge of being bankrupt following a decade of political chaos brought by the so-called Cultural Revolution movement. The political leadership in the post-Mao era decided to focus on economic development. As a result, the Chinese space programme was scaled back to a new, more moderate objective of developing applications satellites.

    In 1990, Japan became the third country to place an object in orbit around the Moon with its Hiten spacecraft. In 1994, NASA also launched its Clementine lunar exploration mission. Other space-fairing nations were also planning similar missions. In a fear that China may fall behind other nations in the new round of race to the Moon, the topic of lunar exploration re-emerged within the Chinese space community. In 1992, a mission was proposed by the scientific community to use a spare CZ-3 launcher to send a metal emblem to the Moon surface, as a celebration for the return of Hong Kong from the British colony in 1997. However, the idea was rejected due to a lack of funding."

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    Details of what is know about China's quest to send astronauts to the moon.

    https://chinaspacereport.com/program...nar-programme/

    "The Chinese space industry has been studying the feasibility of a mission to land human on the Moon, followed by a man-tended lunar base. So far only conceptual studies have been carried out, with no programme being officially approved by the Chinese government. Relevant pre-research is currently underway, including the development of high-thrust rocket engines for a super heavy-lift launcher.

    Talks about a possible manned lunar mission emerged within the Chinese space community in the early 2000s. During the Expo 2000 in Hannover, Germany, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) displayed a mock-up showing Chinese astronauts driving a lunar rover on the Moon surface and a lunar base."

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    Andrew Jones speculates on China's future moon plans.

    http://www.planetary.org/blogs/guest...-5-future.html

    China will launch one of its most complex and exciting missions so far later this year, when Chang'e-5 attempts to land on and collect samples from the Moon before delivering them to Earth—the first such mission by any country for more than four decades. The mission will be an engineering feat and result in some significant science, but it also has some interesting subplots.

    Chang'e-5 marks the third and final stage of the original China Lunar Exploration Program (CLEP) approved in the early 2000s, which set out to first orbit and map the Moon (Chang'e-1 and 2), then land and rove on the lunar surface (Chang'e-3 and Yutu), and finally collect samples and bring them to Earth for analysis.

    Following earlier successes and technological breakthroughs, Chang'e-5 is now scheduled to launch in late November from Wenchang on a new Long March 5 heavy-lift rocket.

    The last lunar sample return was the Soviet Union's Luna 24 in 1976, so China is clearly still catching up. But rather than merely copying Cold War-era missions, as has often been suggested, this will also provide lessons and experience for more ambitious missions in the future.*

    The Luna 24 ascent stage returned directly to Earth, but China has decided that the Chang'e-5 mission will rely on a lunar orbit rendezvous similar to that used for the Apollo landings. The 8.2 metric ton Chang'e-5 spacecraft thus consists of a service module, lander, ascent unit, and a return vehicle.*

    After collecting samples, the ascent module will lift off and dock with the service module in orbit around the Moon, nearly 400,000 kilometers away from Earth. The samples will be transferred to the reentry capsule, which itself will separate from the service module a few thousand kilometers from Earth before reentry and landing.*

    The lunar orbit rendezvous approach is a very interesting choice we'll look at later, but note for now that this will be the first robotic rendezvous and docking around a planetary body other than the Earth.

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    China eyes international cooperation in a moon base.

    http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1044110.shtml

    The country is discussing possible cooperation with international counterparts, including the European Space Agency (ESA), on building the international 'Moon Village,'" Tian Yulong, secretary-general of the China National Space Administration, said on Monday, China's Space Day, in Xi'an, capital city of Northwest China's Shaanxi Province, Science and Technology Daily reported.

    The ESA plan calls for the use of robots on the moon in the 2020s to begin constructing facilities, followed a few years later by the first inhabitants, said the report.

    Though no official announcement was made on the timetable of the manned lunar base, the ESA announced at a symposium in December 2015 that construction could begin as early as in five years, suggesting that it could provide a potential pit stop for future missions to Mars, the Australian-based science website Science Alert reported.*

    Jiao Weixin, a professor at the School of Earth and Space Sciences in Peking University, told the Global Times on Tuesday that China's participation in the international construction of the "Moon Village" manifest China's open-mindedness, and its willingness to create common benefits and win-win results for the international community.

    The "moon village," a long-term manned scientific research base, is an inevitable step as lunar studies develop, as it can greatly enhance research and provide unique conditions to study the moon, Jiao said.

    He added that China should be confident in and stick to its own moon exploration agenda, which has been fruitful, instead of trying to catch up with other countries' achievements.

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    China's experts met in April to discuss the next phase of their moon exploration ambitions.

    http://gbtimes.com/china/china-moves...ed-lunar-plans

    "The State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND), held its first expert committee meeting, including top lunar project officials Wu Weiren and Ye Peijian, to discuss the scientific objectives and implementation of the expanded plans in late April (Chinese).

    Probes to both lunar poles are also being developed for the early-to-mid 2020s, which tentatively involve surface exploration, resource development and related technology validation.

    "The exploration of lunar poles is a significant innovation in human history, which has drawn great attention from around the world. It will also lay a solid foundation for deeper and more accurate Moon probes in the future," Tian Yulong, chief engineer at SASTIND, said in October.

    Such missions will also be of interest to the European Space Agency (ESA), which has been discussing cooperation in and coordination of lunar exploration plans with China as part of ESA's 'Moon Village' concept."

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    China's moon habitat will have two more sets of 4 persons to research how they will cope with long duration stays.

    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/20..._136272414.htm

    "While it remains unclear exactly how long China's first lunar explorers will spend on the surface, the country is already planning for longer stays.
    Eight Chinese volunteers will live in "Yuegong-1," a simulated space "cabin" in Beijing for the next year, strengthening China's knowledge and technical know-how, and helping the country's scientists understand exactly what will be required for humans to remain on the moon in the medium and long terms.
    The volunteers, all civilians and elite postgraduate students from Beihang University, are divided into two groups. The first four stepped into Yuegong-1 on Wednesday. The two men and two women will stay in the cabin for 60 days, then be replaced by the second group, also two men and two women, who will stay there for 200 days. After that, the first group will return for the remaining 105 days."

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    First hints of China's manned moon ambitious.

    http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN18Y01U

    "China is making "preliminary" preparations to send a man to the moon, state media cited a senior space official as saying, the latest goal in China's ambitious lunar exploration program.

    China in 2003 became the third country to put a man in space with its own rocket after the former Soviet Union and the United States.

    It has touted its plans for moon exploration and in late 2013 completed the first lunar "soft landing" since 1976 with the Chang'e-3 craft and its Jade Rabbit rover."

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    More details of the China's manned moon landing plans disclosed.

    http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1050395.shtml

    "Wu Yansheng, president of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), also said that China is working on a manned lunar landing plan.

    The mission will consist of a manned spaceship, a propulsion vehicle and a lunar lander. The manned spaceship and the lunar lander will be sent into circumlunar orbit separately, according to Wu."

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    China is discussing with Russia on cooperation with each others lunar plans.

    http://www.go-taikonauts.com/en/1725...ion-programmes

    "During the Global Space Exploration Conference GLEX, the Head of the Department for International Cooperation of the China National Space Administration (CNSA) told Russian news agency RIA Novosti that China and Russia are discussing options for cooperation in projects for the exploration of the Moon: "We are trying to cooperate on the lunar programme, because China has its missions Chang'e-4, Chang'e-5, Chang'e-6, Russia has Luna-26, Luna-27, Luna-28. These are very similar missions, and we are discussing with Russia possible cooperation within these projects at the system level or the overall stage." "

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    Update on the experience of latest set of inhabitants of China's “Yuegong-1,” or Lunar Palace 1.

    https://qz.com/1034097/a-chinese-uni...heir-own-poop/

    Grinding wheat from scratch, eating veggies grown in your own waste, and fried worms for dinner: Life in space is no picnic.

    At Beihang University, formerly known as Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, four students on July 9 entered a capsule meant to simulate space living and will remain in it for more than six months, sustaining themselves on what they grow inside. They succeeded an earlier batch of students, who lived in the surprisingly roomy 1,600-square-foot capsule for two months. Along the way, the capsule residents have kept a weekly journal on WeChat. Rather like the logs in the movie Martian, it focuses on the business of growing, preparing, and disposing of food.

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    Possible landing sites for the upcoming Chinese lunar missions.

    http://www.planetary.org/blogs/guest...ing-sites.html

    Fast forward 30 years. I have studied lunar and Mars exploration history and published books about missions to the Moon and Mars, and from the earliest stage of planning I decided to tell the story of site selection for every mission. Often I had to go back to the original source materials like those volumes of minutes, or to the people who did the work, including Ewen Whitaker for the Ranger impact missions and Don Wilhelms for Apollo. Now I am updating my decade-old Moon book and trying to keep up with site selection work going on today around the world, for planned missions from Europe, Japan, India and Russia, for Google Lunar X Prize teams, and for two upcoming Chinese landers. Chang'E 5 will conduct a sample return mission late in 2017, and Chang'E 4 will carry a rover to the far side of the Moon, the first mission ever to do so, about a year later. The apparent reversal of numbering is a result of the original sequence of missions planned by China (two orbiters, two landers with rovers, two sample returns), which were given numbers according to their positions in that sequence rather than the launch date. As it turns out, there is now a possibility that the numerical order will be followed because a test launch of the large new rocket which Chang'E 5 will ride on failed on July 2nd this year, and it may not be ready to launch the spacecraft in 2017.

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    Quote Originally Posted by selvaarchi View Post
    China's moon habitat will have two more sets of 4 persons to research how they will cope with long duration stays.

    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/20..._136272414.htm

    "While it remains unclear exactly how long China's first lunar explorers will spend on the surface, the country is already planning for longer stays.
    Eight Chinese volunteers will live in "Yuegong-1," a simulated space "cabin" in Beijing for the next year, strengthening China's knowledge and technical know-how, and helping the country's scientists understand exactly what will be required for humans to remain on the moon in the medium and long terms.
    The volunteers, all civilians and elite postgraduate students from Beihang University, are divided into two groups. The first four stepped into Yuegong-1 on Wednesday. The two men and two women will stay in the cabin for 60 days, then be replaced by the second group, also two men and two women, who will stay there for 200 days. After that, the first group will return for the remaining 105 days."
    They have completed the 200 days stay in Yuegong-1 successfully. this was a world record for the longest stay in a self-contained "cabin."

    http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/201..._136926744.htm

    Two men and two women volunteered and spent 200 days in a simulated space lab in Beijing, setting a world record for the longest stay in a self-contained "cabin."

    The biomedicine students from Beihang University, the second group of volunteers staying in Yuegong-1, also known as Lunar Palace 1, completed the second phase of its 365-day on-ground experiment Friday.

    The first group of volunteers, who had previously stayed in the cabin for 60 days, re-entered the cabin Friday to the replace the second group, starting the third and final phase which will last 105 days.
    More details in the following post.

    https://phys.org/news/2018-01-chines...tual-moon.html

    Chinese students spent 200 continuous days in a "lunar lab" in Beijing, state media said Friday, as the country prepares for its long-term goal of putting people on the moon.

    Four students crammed into a 160-square-metre (1,720-square-foot) cabin called "Yuegong-1"—Lunar Palace—on the campus of Beihang University, testing the limits of humans' ability to live in a self-contained space, the official Xinhua news agency said.

    The volunteers lived in the sealed lab to simulate a long-term space mission with no input from the outside world.

    The experience tested them to the limit, the module's chief designer Liu Hong told Xinhua, especially on three occasions when the lab experienced unexpected blackouts.

    The experience "challenged the system as well as the psychological status of the volunteers, but they withstood the test," Liu said.

    The facility treats human waste with a bio-fermentation process, and volunteers grew experimental crops and vegetables with the help of food and waste byproducts.
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    China is showcasing their moon achievements at the northern Swiss city of Basel.

    http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/201..._137063605.htm

    Switzerland, March 25 (Xinhua) -- An exhibition focusing on China's Lunar Exploration Program (CLEP) kicked off Saturday in the northern Swiss city of Basel, highlighting some of the magnificent achievements of China's aerospace industry.

    As part of the ongoing Baselworld 2018 Show, the exhibition was presented jointly by China's Chang'E Aerospace Technology (Beijing) LLC and TAG Heuer, the avant-garde Swiss watchmaker, strategic partner and official timekeeper of CLEP.

    "We feel honored to take this opportunity to demonstrate the achievements of CLEP, which is of great significance to the development of China's aerospace industry," Xu Xingli, general manager of Chang'E Aerospace Technology (Beijing) LLC, said at the opening ceremony of the exhibition.

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    We know about about China's desire to be a leading space power which this article is about. What surprised in the article, was the information that over the next 3 years they plan an unmanned moon research station.

    http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1118130.shtml

    Over the next three years, China will conduct a series of significant projects including construction of a manned space station and an unmanned moon research station. An unmanned Mars orbit and landing, and unmanned voyage to take a sample of an asteroid will also be launched. Moreover, the BeiDou 3 global satellite navigation system and high-resolution earth observation system will be completed.
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    The Planetary Society on China's Chang’e-4 and -5 missions and what we hope to learn from them about the moon.

    http://www.planetary.org/explore/the...-missions.html

    Currently, the only way scientists can determine the ages of these young basalt lava flows is to count craters superposed on top of them. Younger materials have had less time to accumulate impact craters, so they contain fewer craters per unit area. But this is not a precise age-dating method. Returning samples from these young basalts would provide a number for the age of the volcanism.

    The Moon is the only cratered terrestrial world from which we have returned samples. Lunar geologists have matched cratering chronology with absolute ages measured from returned lunar samples, building a bridge between crater chronology and absolute ages. The chronology of the rest of the solar system is pinned to lunar chronology. So, Chang’e-5’s success will not only teach us more about the Moon; it will also assist in our understanding of the geological evolution of planetary bodies throughout the solar system.
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    China hopes to send 4 missions to the moon's poles by 2030. This includes the Chang'e 4 mission.

    http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/201..._137491923.htm

    China plans to land on and explore the southern and northern polar regions of the Moon by 2030, according to an official of the China National Space Administration (CNSA).

    Li Guoping, director of the Department of System Engineering of the CNSA, said at the World Conference on Science Literacy 2018 recently held in Beijing that China is planning four missions for the fourth stage of its lunar exploration program.

    China's lunar exploration program, named after the legendary Chang'e, a moon goddess accompanied by a jade rabbit, started in 2003, and the first three stages of the program include orbiting and landing on the Moon, and bringing samples back to Earth.

    Li said the fourth stage of the program will include sending the Chang'e-4 lunar probe to the far side of the Moon at the end of 2018, which is expected to become the world's first soft-landing, roving probe on the Moon's far side. A relay satellite, named Queqiao (Magpie Bridge), for Chang'e-4 has entered a Halo orbit around the second Lagrangian (L2) point of the Earth-Moon system, about 65,000 km from the Moon in June.
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    Andrew Jones report on the active missions still working in the moon environment. It also says Chang'e 3 lander will stop communication for now to allow space for the Chang'e 4 mission.

    https://gbtimes.com/chinas-still-ope...-space-program

    Five years after landing on the near side of the Moon, China's Chang'e-3 lunar lander will be powered down in preparation for the Chang'e-4 lunar far side mission.

    Chang'e-3 became the first spacecraft to soft-land on the Moon since the Soviet Luna 24 mission in 1976 when it touched down on Mare Imbrium on December 14, 2013, and made China only the third country to achieve such a feat.

    With the mission's repurposed backup spacecraft, known as Chang'e-4, currently in lunar orbit and preparing for an unprecedented landing on the far side of the Moon in early January, researchers with the China Lunar Exploration Project (CLEP) will put the 1,200 kg Chang'e-3 lander into an extended sleep in order to prevent signal interference, according to a report by Chinese language CCTV.
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    Scientific American in its latest publication carries an article "With First-Ever Landing on Moon’s Farside, China Enters “Luna Incognita”"

    https://www.scientificamerican.com/a...una-incognita/

    China is once again on the threshold of a historic first in its fast-paced exploration of Earth’s moon.

    Having sent three previous missions moonward since 2007, including one that hosted the nation’s first-ever robotic lander and rover, China’s latest lunar foray began in the early hours of December 8, 2018, when a Long March-3B carrier rocket launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China’s Sichuan Province, carrying the Chang’e-4 spacecraft. Consisting of a lander and a rover, Chang’e-4 is targeting the moon’s farside, the lunar hemisphere that is always facing away from Earth. No spacecraft has ever achieved a soft landing there before, although in 1962 NASA crashed its Ranger 4 probe into the farside surface.
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    China is aiming for the moon.

    https://spacenews.com/change-4-landi...ion-for-china/

    With its Chang’e-4 spacecraft now orbiting the moon in preparation for the first-ever landing on the far side of Earth’s nearest neighbor, China is poised to reap the prestige and scientific payoffs that are part and parcel of achieving a space first.

    Despite being a repurposed backup to the 2013 Chang’e-3 landing, Chang’e-4’s planned January touch down on the far side of the moon will also be a steppingstone to further and more ambitious robotic lunar exploration missions.

    “Chang’e-4 will validate further technologies of landing, enhanced rover operations and more complex far side communications. It also uses more powerful instruments,” Bernard Foing, director of the European Space Agency’s International Lunar Exploration Working Group, told SpaceNews.
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    Chang'e-4 to lay foundation for future human presence on the moon.

    http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/201..._137738718.htm

    Nearly 50 years have passed since people first stood on the moon. Can we return? How will radiation on the moon affect astronauts? How much water is there? Where did the water come from?

    To better understand the lunar environment and prepare for a human return to the moon, the Chang'e-4 probe, which has just made the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon, carries payloads jointly developed by Chinese, German and Swedish scientists to conduct research.

    "Our goal is to measure particle radiation on the lunar surface and the risk to people and equipment," said Zhang Shenyi, a researcher with the National Space Science Center (NSSC) under the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
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    More on China's future robotic moon missions.

    http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/201..._137743306.htm

    China will launch the Chang'e-5 probe by the end of this year to bring moon samples back to Earth, a senior official of the China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced Monday.

    The Chang'e-4 mission realized the first-ever soft-landing on the far side of the moon, and its success has inaugurated the fourth phase of China's lunar exploration program.

    "Experts are still discussing and verifying the feasibility of subsequent projects, but it's confirmed that there will be another three missions after Chang'e-5," said Wu Yanhua, deputy head of the CNSA, at a press conference of the State Council Information Office.
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    Andrew Jones on China's future moon plans.

    http://www.planetary.org/blogs/guest...for-china.html

    With China's pioneering Chang'e-4 spacecraft settled in for a first lunar night on the far side of the Moon, the downtime gives us a chance to look at what plans China has for future lunar exploration.

    We might not be waiting long for another complex and exciting Moon mission, as the Chang'e-5 lunar sample return—the first since the Soviet Luna 24 in 1976—is currently slated for liftoff at the end of 2019.

    Consisting of a service module, lander, ascent vehicle and return capsule, the mission will attempt to land in Oceanus Procellarum on the near side of the Moon to drill down and collect up to 2 kilograms of samples and bring them to Earth following a lunar orbit rendezvous.

    The mission and its goals have been long known and it marks the final stage of the three-step lunar exploration program set out in the early 2000s to orbit, land on and then return from the Moon.

    China is however designing a new, fourth stage of missions, which will target the south pole, use new technologies and could involve cooperation with major space faring nations and agencies
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