China Wants People to Live on the Moon

If 20th Century history taught us anything, it’s that if you want to look cool on the global stage, you have to have an awesome space program. And Chinese leader Xi Jinping wants to realize his “space dream” to show the world what China’s got.

China has designed The Lunar Palace. It’s a research facility aimed at eventually developing a moon base.

Volunteers smile from inside a simulated space cabin in which they temporarily live as a part of the scientistic Lunar Palace 365 Project, at Beihang University in Beijing, China July 9, 2017. (Photo: Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

But before sending people to the moon, China will launch the Tiangong-3 Space Station—theoretically in 2022. It’s China’s answer to the International Space Station, which will end its mission in 2028. Chinese leader Xi Jinping hopes China will be at the forefront of human space exploration.

A Long March 2F rocket carrying China’s first space laboratory module Tiangong-1 lifts off on September 29, 2011. (Photo: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

China’s ambitions don’t stop at the moon, either.

China wants to send an uncrewed mission to Mars before the end of the decade, with the eventual goal of sending humans to Mars between 2040 and 2060. They have already begun developing a space weather system to study the best possible conditions for such a mission. If a Chinese crewed mission reaches Mars first it could bring a whole new meaning to the term “Red Planet.”

Mars and Earth reached their closest proximity in nearly 60,000 years on August 26, 2003.  (Photo: Space Imaging via Getty Images)

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