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China Plans to Build Nuclear-Powered Moon Base Within Six Years

  • Country aims to send astronauts to the moon within 10 years
  • China is expanding its ambitions in space, challenging the US

China plans to build its first base on the moon by 2028, ahead of landing astronauts there in subsequent years as the country steps up its challenge to NASA’s dominance in space exploration. 

The lunar base will likely be powered by nuclear energy, Caixin reported. Its basic configuration will consist of a lander, hopper, orbiter and rover, all of which would be constructed by the Chang’e 6, 7 and 8 missions.