China has a video of its moon base plans

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The China National Space Administration (CNSA) has released a video of its concept for a lunar base to be developed across the next couple of decades.
CNSA unveiled the video on Wednesday (April 24) as part of the country’s annual space day celebrations.
The project is known as the International Lunar Research Station (ILRS) and was jointly announced in 2021 by China and Russia.
China is now leading the moon base initiative and attempting to attract international partners for the endeavor.
So far, alongside China, Russia, Venezuela, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Belarus, South Africa, Egypt, Thailand and Nicaragua have joined the initiative, according to Space News.
The project is envisioned as a comprehensive scientific experimental base which will host interdisciplinary and multi-objective research activities focusing on lunar exploration and utilization, according to Chinese reports.
“The moon serves as a starting point, and an international lunar research station will provide a platform for long-term scientific research, work and habitation, paving the way for future human exploration into deeper space.
One curious detail of the video is the presence of a retired NASA Space Shuttle appearing to lift off from a launch pad in the background.

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A video showcasing the concept for a lunar base that will be developed over the next few decades has been released by the China National Space Administration (CNSA).

As part of the nation’s yearly space day celebrations, CNSA released the video on Wednesday, April 24. The International Lunar Research Station (ILRS) project was jointly announced by China and Russia in 2021.

As the project leader, China is currently reaching out to other countries to collaborate with on the moon base initiative. According to Space News, the initiative has so far drawn participation from China, Russia, Venezuela, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Belarus, South Africa, Egypt, Thailand, and Nicaragua.

See also: China and Russia intend to send men to the moon in addition to Artemis.

A variety of missions are depicted in the film, such as surface sample return operations, a lander and rover, and auxiliary orbital satellites. These line up with the Chang’e-6 and 7 missions, which are scheduled to launch in 2027 and next month, respectively.

By 2028 or so, these and Chang’e-8 will make up the foundational model of the ILRS. An extensive, inhabited lunar outpost will be developed, with communications, electricity generation, and other infrastructure coming next.

Chinese reports state that the project is intended to serve as a comprehensive scientific experimental base that will house multidisciplinary and multi-objective research activities centered on lunar exploration and utilization. It will be able to function independently for an extended period of time, both on the lunar surface and in orbit.

“The moon is just the beginning; an international lunar research station will offer a base for sustained scientific study, operations, and habitation, opening the door for manned space missions in the future. Chief designer of China’s lunar exploration program Wu Weiren told China Central Television (CCTV) on Wednesday that the program will act as a technological, material, and intellectual reservoir, preparing us for future missions to Mars and other far-off destinations in space.

It will be built in two stages, according to Wu. By 2035, the first will have established extensive scientific facilities surrounding the lunar south pole, equipped with basic features and necessary support components. Building a stable, well-equipped facility of significant size by 2045 will be the goal of the second phase.

The video has a peculiar aspect where a retired NASA Space Shuttle can be seen in the background seemingly taking off from a launch pad.

While China is developing its own large, reusable launch vehicles for lunar exploration, NASA is largely prohibited from working with Chinese entities and has its own Artemis Program. The shuttle was retired in 2011.

In honor of the 1970 launch of its first satellite, Dongfanghong-1, into space and to underscore its growing space ambitions and importance, China declared April 24 to be “Space Day” in 2016.

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