China's plan to probe Moon in 2018, Mars in 2020 revealed

| Dec 30, 2016 06:25 PM EST

Chinese astronauts Fei Junlong (L) and Nie Haisheng wave before boarding the Shenzhou VI spacecraft at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on October 12, 2005 in Jiuquan of Gansu Province, northwest China

China aims to conquer space with its planned space mission to the far side of the Moon and to explore Mars afterwards. This courageous feat is a testament of the Red Dragon's pursuit of their dream.

In a white paper titled "China's Space Activities in 2016," which is available on Xinhua, the superpower indicated its plan to accelerate the development of its space industry. One of the prominent missions that China has expressed is their aim to be the first country to land a probe on the far side of the Moon by 2018.

Such goal of China when fully actualized will surely be carved in humanity's history. Although the country had already successfully landed a rover on the surface of the moon, it would still like to pursue further its dreams. China wants to be the first country to explore the hidden secrets and mysteries of the dark side of the moon by exploring the vast cosmos, developing the space industry and building itself into "a space power," which is a dream it pursues "unremittingly." 

China has long fixed its interest to explore all of the lunar surface. It can be remembered that back in 2013 China's space agency was able to land its Chang'e-3 lander, marking the first soft-land on the lunar surface in more than 40 years. That is why it is not unusual anymore for a powerful country like China to want to explore the dark side of the moon.

Moreover, it is not just the moon that China has gazed its interest. It has also been disclosed through its white paper that China will also be launching a space mission towards Mars come 2020.

Apart from becoming a momentous event for China, the Mars space mission aims to conduct research into major scientific questions, including the origin and evolution of the Solar System, according to Science Alert. Interestingly, China also expressed their interest to search for extra-terrestrial life as part of the space mission agenda as highlighted by the same site. 

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