China, Russia want to build research station on the moon

China and Russia will build a lunar research station, possibly on the moon itself!

A Long March-5 rocket carrying the Chang’e 5 lunar mission lifts off at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in Wenchang in southern China’s Hainan Province on November 24, 2020.
(AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The announcement was made by China’s National Space Administration yesterday, although it gave no timeline for the construction of the station.

While it’s not yet certain that the research station will be created on the moon (it could also be done in the moon’s orbit), it’s expected to carry out scientific experiments and have long-term autonomous operation.

Now, you may be wondering why anyone would want to build a research station on the moon and they’ve also clarified that for us non-rocket scientists.

Lunar exploration and utilisation, lunar-based observation, basic scientific experiment and technical verification will be among the activities carried out there.

And while the two countries are partnering on this next stage of space exploration, they’ve made it clear their International Lunar Research Station will be open to use by other countries.