Developments in space plans announcedious types

China aims to place a scientific research station near the

moon’s south pole in about 10 years, as well as conduct other explor

ation missions using astronauts on the lunar surface, a senior space official said on Wednesday.

Zhang Kejian, head of the China National Space Administrati

on, made the announcement at the opening ceremony of t

he 4th China Space Day in Changsha, Hunan province. He did not elaborate on the plans.

He noted ongoing plans to launch the Chang’e 5 lunar probe later thi

s year to collect samples and return them to Earth an

d that Shaoshan, the hometown of Mao Zedong, will be one of the permanent storage centers for the lunar samples.

Zhang added that the country plans to launch its first probe to explore Mars next year.

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