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    China's Moon Base

    China has always indicated its intent to build a moon base. Starting this tread for all information related to it.

    The first article is "Chinese scientists say they’ve made a fibre that could be strong enough to build a moon base"

    https://www.scmp.com/news/china/scie...-strong-enough

    A research team in western China says it has developed a material from artificial lunar dust that might be strong enough to build a base on the moon, and could potentially be made using volcanic rock on site.

    Scientists at the Xinjiang Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry in Urumqi turned the artificial dust into a high-performance construction material called basalt fibre. Put through testing, they said it achieved a tensile strength of up to 1.4 gigapascals – or 1,400 megapascals.

    To put that into perspective, a European Space Agency team in February used lunar dust and urea, a compound in urine, with a 3D-printed rod to make a construction material that could withstand 32 megapascals of pressure – about half the strength of some commercial concrete. And back in 1998, Nasa’s “waterless concrete” made from simulated moon dust broke apart when it was pulled at a force of 3.7 megapascals.

    The latest results “provide valuable benchmarks for the construction of a lunar base with on-site resources”, materials scientist Ma Pengcheng and his team wrote in a peer-reviewed paper in the journal Scientia Sinica Technologica this month. The new material aimed to “give certain protection against the blast of a small meteorite”, the paper said.
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    Confirmation China is looking into - "Nation planning scientific station on the moon"

    http://www.ecns.cn/news/2020-09-09/d...v5910811.shtml

    China plans to establish a scientific station on the moon and has started preparatory research, according to a key figure in the country's lunar exploration program.

    "The next steps in our lunar exploration endeavor will be challenging and demanding as we aim to set up a scientific outpost on the moon's south pole. In the near future, we will also send our astronauts to land on the moon," said Wu Weiren, chief designer of China's lunar exploration program and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

    He is now working on the planning and feasibility research on the proposed station and the lunar program's fourth step.
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    "China is planning a moon research base that may reshape the space race"

    https://news.cgtn.com/news/2020-11-2...lxe/index.html

    A moon base is very likely to host the first humans living on the surface of a sphere other than planet Earth, which can make history.

    When will we see that happen? In 10 years, maybe.

    Zhang Kejian, head of CNSA who made it to the 2019 version of TIME 100 list, told media back in 2019 that the moon base will be completed in "about 10 years."

    China is already making some progress with the "Yuegong-1," a self-contained laboratory that can help humans survive on the moon. Early experiments in 2017 and 2018 showed that volunteers can survive a year in the lab.

    A total of 97 percent of the lab is self-contained. That means China only need to send three percent of stuff to the moon every year to keep the lab running all the time.
    Another article on the moon base.

    https://observer.com/2020/09/chinas-...ew-space-race/

    Weiren added that he was in the midst of the planning and feasibility research stage of the project, which it plans on developing with the help of international partners. The International Lunar Research Station — the name really hammers home the intent — will be located at the South Pole of the Moon. Both Russian and European space agencies have explored cooperating with its development. The goal is to have a sustained robotic presence and short-term human missions there in the 2030s, while long-term human stays at the ILRS could start in 2036.

    China will launch its Chang’e 5 lunar mission in November, while the ILRS could dominate the following three Chang’e missions.
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    A two minute video of China's plans for a moon base.

    http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/202..._139598350.htm

    We plan to build a prototype for a scientific research station at the South Pole of the moon by 2030, says the chief designer of China's lunar exploration program
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