Published On:December 29, 2016, 3:52 pm
China aims to possess the fast race for space in the next decade. China’s most aspirational and aggressive space program is focused towards landing on the dark side of the moon by 2018, and to reach Mars by the end of this decade.
On Tuesday, the space agency of China carried out a press conference in order to mark the release of a policy paper and also adumbrated the Chinese government’s objective for further exploring deep space.
The deputy chief of the National Space Administration, Mr. Wu Yanhua stated that Beijing is targeting to launch its first ever Mars probe in the year 2020 to accomplishing exploration of roving and orbiting, which will be followed by a secondary mission which includes gathering surface samples from the red planet.
Yanhua further stated that there are other plans which include sending probes to Jupiter along with its moons. He said, "Our overall goal is that, by around 2030, China will be among the major space powers of the world."
From the beginning China was behind in the entire space race, since it had not sent its first satellite until 1970, soon after the United States put the first man on the moon. However, China had invested billions along with various resources into research and training.
Ever since 2003, this country has presented a spacewalk, managed to land a rover on the moon and also successfully launched a space lab which it believes would manage to hold a 20-ton space station.
Furthermore, China has sent five crews into space in that similar time frame which led it to becoming the third country across the world after Russia and the United States.
Yanhua told the reporters that China is yet examining the potential ways of sending a man to the moon, nevertheless aiming on robotic lunar missions as of now. That included the first soft landing on the far side of the moon around 2018.
He went ahead and accentuated China’s escalating collaboration with many international space agencies, NASA being the exception.
After 2011, the U.S. Congress has forbidden NASA from working with China because of national security concerns.
The United States President-elect Donald Trump at the time of his campaign expressed his love towards NASA and that "space is terrific."
In October Robert Walker and Peter Navarro wrote, "NASA should be focused primarily on deep space activities rather than Earth-centric work that is better handled by other agencies."
They further added, "While the American government's space program has suffered from under-investment, both China and Russia continue to move briskly forward with military-focused initiatives," "Each continues to develop weapons explicitly designed... to 'deny, degrade, deceive, disrupt, or destroy' America's eyes and ears in space."
The Chinese officials on Tuesday ingeminated the country’s “peaceful motives” following its space exploration and utilization, however a few have pointed to Navarro and Walker’s article indicating that probable U.S.-China collaboration in space would be quite unlikely. Also, likely more so post Trump’s latest tweets wherein he has challenged Beijing’s polices on problems wandering from Taiwan to trade and South China Sea.
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