Sunday, February 25

CNSA

NASA Researchers Get Access To China’s Lunar Samples
CNSA, NASA

NASA Researchers Get Access To China’s Lunar Samples

On November 29th, an email sent to NASA has confirmed that researchers would be able to apply to to the China National Space Administration (CNSA) for access to lunar samples from China's Chang'e-5 mission.In the email, NASA has "certified it's intent to congress to allow NASA-funded researchers to apply to the China National Space Administration for access to lunar samples returned to Earth on the Chang'e-5 mission"The mission, which launched in late 200, collected 1,731 grams of material from the area of the moon called Oceanus Procellarum, using a scoop and drill. When researchers took a look at these samples, they later confirmed they are about 2 billion years old.China said it would eventually make the lunar samples available internationally, after Chinese researchers and...
China Is Starting To Make Plans For a China Moon Base
CNSA, Moon

China Is Starting To Make Plans For a China Moon Base

The China National Space Administration (CNSA) has started making plan for creating the International Lunar Research Station, which will be a base on the moon.The project is already in the works, and is expected to be finished by 2050. However, it looks like "basic version" of the base will be completed by 2028. The basic version will be built over the course of seven launch missions - these include the Chang'e missions, as well as three international missions.The Chang'e missions will focus on exploring the moon, as well as gathering samples and data. Other missions such as ILRS 1-5 will help build the full version of the base between the years 2030 and 2040.According to Wu Weiren, Chief Designer of the country's lunar program, building this large-scale base beyond earth will hel...