Russia and China join forces to build a base on the Moon by 2025

Russia and China plan to launch six missions as part of the preparatory phase for the construction of an international lunar base, said deputy director of the Center for Lunar Exploration and Space Program of the China National Space Administration (CNSA) Pei Zhaoyu at the GLEX Conference. -2021 on Wednesday. According to the filing, the first stage of the investigation will run from 2021 to 2025. China plans to send three missions during this period: Chang’e 4, Chang’e 6 and Chang’e 7.

Russia plans to launch an automatic station “Luna 25”, the lunar polar orbiter “Luna 26” and the lunar lander “Luna 27”. The missions will use Chinese CZ-3B and CZ-5 launchers, as well as the Russian Soyuz-2. The objective of this step is to choose an area to build a station and to develop the technology for a very precise soft landing on the Moon. According to the presentation of the project, China and Russia have not ruled out “the launching of possible missions from other partners.”

Use common science technologies and experiments

On March 9, the Russian space company Roscosmos and the China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced that they had signed a memorandum of mutual understanding on behalf of their governments on cooperation for the establishment of an international scientific lunar station. The two countries plan to use their common experience and scientific technologies to create a roadmap to build a station on the Moon. Bilateral cooperation in this field includes both the study of the lunar surface and the implementation of joint projects in the orbit of the Earth’s natural satellite.

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