China wants to send a large rocket to the moon soon. It has unveiled its behemoth of a rocket which will take astronauts to the moon before 2031.
The Chinese are looking forward to launching a giant carrier rocket for their manned moon missions by 2031. It will have dimensions that reach 100 meters in length and 10 meters in width. As for the payload space, it will be five times greater than the Long March series of rockets which are currently extant.
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Right now, the rocket which can support the greatest amount of weight is the Long March-5. It will be unveiled towards the end of 2016. This rocket will carry up to 25 tonnes into orbit around the earth.
The new rocket can however outdo all the previous carriers. Not only can it carry more weight but it can also be used for deep space missions. Lunar exploration lies on the agenda.
So do the collection of soil samples from Mars. Finally, trips to other planets in the solar system are also in the pipeline. A maiden flight lies in the cards for China’s Long March-7 carrier rocket sometime during the next few days.
The Long March-7 is a medium-sized rocket that can hold 13.5 tonnes. In the future, this rocket can be used to carry cargo to China’s space stations. This rocket will be put into proper circulation around the year 2022, according to Xinhuanet.
China is a leader in the global technology game. It is known for its infrastructure and high tech products that come at a fraction of the price of such products in the market. China sent its first astronaut into outer space in 2003. This made it the third nation after Russia and the United States to engage in manned space travel.
Chinese astronauts have even engaged in space walks. China is fast catching up with the developed world and it may one day even eclipse the United States in terms of hegemony and clout in the world.
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Right now, China’s lunar rover, Jade Rabbit is on the moon’s surface and taking part in all sorts of surveys of the lunar landscape. China plans on sending a rover to Mars as well by 2020.