China, ESA may collaborate on human settlement on Moon

China, ESA may collaborate on human settlement on Moon

Chinese authorities are in talks with European Space Agency (ESA) officials about collaborating on a human settlement on the Moon, Earth’s only natural satellite.

Tian Yulong, the secretary general for China’s government-run space agency, confirmed the ongoing talks in Chinese state media on Wednesday. However, he didn’t reveal further details on what the collaboration between the two agencies could entail.

The ESA has described its “Moon Village” as a potential launching pad for future missions to Mars. It may be noted here that NASA and many other government-run as well as private entities are making efforts to colonize the Red Planet sometime in the future.

China entered the space arena quite late, with its first manned spaceflight occurring in 2003; more than four decades after a Soviet cosmonaut reached the orbit.

Earlier this month, China launched an unmanned spacecraft on a mission to dock with its presently unoccupied space station. Now, it is preparing to launch its first mission to the Moon’s far side next year.



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