Until 2036, the Chinese astronauts (theyTaekonauts) will visit the Moon, Lenta.ru reports with reference to China Daily. This was stated by Lieutenant-General of the People’s Liberation Army of China and the deputy head of the manned space program of China, Zhang Yulin.
Preparing for the first manned mission to the moonwill take 15-20 years. To do this, China will need an extra-heavy launch vehicle, a manned vehicle and a special spacesuit, said Ban Zhihao, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Space Technology.
Recall, while only American astronauts visited the moon: in July 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin with Apollo 11 were the first to land on Earth satellite in the Sea of Tranquility.
Chinese moon exploration programAutomatic stations are carried out in three stages: circling the moon, landing on the surface and sampling of soil for returning to the planet. The beginning of the program is scheduled for 2017, and by 2036 the taikonaut will be on the moon.
Not so long ago, the American company SpaceX saidabout his plans to visit Mars (so far without astronauts) in 2018. The Red Dragon capsule journey will be a preparatory stage in the large-scale development of the Red Planet according to the plan of Elon Mask.