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China and Europe plan to build 'Moon Village'

By T.K. Randall
April 27, 2017 · Comment icon 7 comments

Could China and ESA be about to build a Moon base ? Image Credit: NASA/Dennis M. Davidson
ESA has confirmed rumors that the two space agencies are planning an ambitious lunar collaboration.
First hinted at by the secretary general for China's space agency, Tian Yulong, the international endeavour, about which little is currently known, could see a manned outpost being built on the surface of the Moon with a particular focus on space tourism and lunar mining.

"The Chinese have a very ambitious moon program already in place," said spokesman Pal Hvistendahl. "Space has changed since the space race of the 60s."
"We recognise that to explore space for peaceful purposes, we do international cooperation."

ESA director general Johann-Dietrich Woerner has described the proposed base as a "Moon Village" and believes that it could also serve as a launch site for future missions to Mars.

Exactly when such a project might get off the ground however remains unclear.

Source: Sky News | Comments (7)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Why not 7 years ago
Whenever it starts count me in. This damn planet is getting to crazy for me.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Ashyne 7 years ago
The US needs to get over its paranoia and work together with others instead of imposing all forms of hegemony on other nations in a bid to be "America First", despite its claims to be a big brother to the rest of the world's nations. If the US hadn't been so paranoid of the USSR during the Cold War and instead worked with them on space technology, and if the US hadn't excluded China from working together on any and all space matters, we could already have a lunar city by now and well on our way to colonizing Mars. Space is a frontier that needs all countries to work together, not individually ... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by The Russian Hare 7 years ago
  Well there has been some cooperation with Russia, since the space shuttle ended all astronauts to the ISS have gone on Soyuz rockets. I think there is more cooperation in space among the nations than there is on the earth
Comment icon #4 Posted by FLOMBIE 7 years ago
That's because the ISS is an international project anyway.
Comment icon #5 Posted by BeastieRunner 7 years ago
You're going to be waiting a while then.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Parsec 7 years ago
To be fair 1) without the cold war an the race for hegemony between USA and USSR we wouldn't probably had a man on the moon so quickly.  And at the time, USSR were equally paranoid towards the US.  2) China's space program is quite entangled with the military so concerns aren't so far fetch.    That said, I agree that space is and should be an internationally shared effort and that the US space program, for as much as it is civilian, has strong ties with their own military as well.    Isolating China's space efforts in an attempt to prevent a technology leak to me is shortsighted, becaus... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by Eternal.Quest.4.Truth 7 years ago
Space is fake.

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