China wants to participate in the basic project on the Moon
China would like to participate in the project to create a "village" on the Moon proposed by the European Space Agency. The project is called Moon Village. China could thus benefit from a transfer of technology and evolve more quickly with regard to the conquest of space.
In the long term, we already know that China wants to undermine the Moon, especially helium 3.
ESA would be rather reluctant because it would help to strengthen the competition. On the other hand, they believe that space requires international cooperation.
The project would consist of recovering samples, using resources, carrying out manned missions by 2030.
ESA would like to launch the project before the end of the International Space Station in 2024.
Installing a base on the Moon would provide an intermediate launch pad for missions to Mars.
The station would be printed on site in 3D and buried under the ground to avoid cosmic radiation. We would use the regolith (the material that makes up the lunar soil). An observatory would be set up to scan the space, a mining operation to extract helium 3, titanium. The moon's floor being loose, it will be easy to undermine our natural satellite. Other facilities will accommodate tourists.
Nasa forbids any Chinese to visit its buildings or any Chinese astronaut to approach the international space station despite repeated requests. The Chinese being known to copy technologies. So this could be problematic for future relations between ESA and NASA.
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