French.china.org.cn | Updated on 06-02-2023
China will advance Phase 4 of its lunar exploration program this year, including a planned mission to bring two kilograms of samples from the far side of the Moon back to Earth, Wu Weiren, the program’s chief designer, unveiled on Monday. lunar exploration of the country.
Wu said China will continue its lunar research with the Chang’e-6, Chang’e-7 and Chang’e-8 missions. The Chang’e-6 mission is to complete the sample return task, and the Chang’e-7 mission is to land on the lunar south pole and detect water resources.
The Chang’e-8 mission will launch around 2028 and will work with Chang’e-7 to build a base model at a scientific research station on the south pole of the Moon, including multiple exploration facilities such as orbiters, landers, rovers and flying machines, Wu noted.
Chang’e-5, launched in 2020, was China’s most recent lunar mission, with its probe recovering a total of 1,731 grams of soil samples from the near side of the Moon.