China’s space program aims to gain ‘strength and size’
China has plans to expedite the development of its space program in the next five years and become the world’s first country to conduct a controlled landing of a probe on the far side of the Moon in 2018.
A senior official form the China National Space Administration said recently that the country wanted to develop “strength and size” in its space program to achieve its space exploration ambitions, which includes plans to launch a probe to Mars by 2020.
Last week, the State Council Information Office released an official document called white paper, providing details of the country’s plans for space exploration in the next 5 years.
Releasing the official document, space officials said, “To explore the vast cosmos, develop the space industry and build China into a space power is a dream we pursue unremittingly.”
China carried out its first manned mission to space in 2003. The country’s astronauts have successfully carried out a spacewalk, and the country landed a probe on the Moon in 2013. That was the first landing of a spacecraft on our natural satellite since the 1970s.
The white paper also claimed that China remains committed to the peaceful use of space, to guarantee national security and to conduct scientific research. It underlined that the country will oppose a space arms race.