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China Plans More Moon Missions After Finding New Lunar Mineral

  • Both China and US are eyeing the moon’s resources, water sites
  • China says it found a new lunar mineral that contains helium-3
The moon photographed by a remote controlled deep Space Telescope in Beijing. 

The moon photographed by a remote controlled deep Space Telescope in Beijing. 

Photographer: Qin Jian/Costfoto/Future Publishing/Getty Images

China plans to launch three unmanned missions to the moon over the next 10 years, as it seeks to rival the US in the new era of space exploration.

China’s National Space Administration, its equivalent of NASA, received approval to send three orbiters to the moon as part of the Chang’e lunar program, said Liu Jizhong, an official with the China Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center, according to state-backed CCTV.