Beijing (Associated Press)-The official news agency reported that China will launch its next robotic lunar lander in 2024 and will carry equipment from France, Sweden, Russia and Italy.
According to Xinhua News Agency, the chief designer of the plan, Hu Hao, said at a meeting on Saturday that the plan required Chang’e-6 to land near the south pole of the moon and collect samples returned to Earth.
The Chang’e lander is part of China’s space exploration efforts, which also includes a probe that is preparing to land a robotic rover on Mars. There are also plans to build a manned orbital station to land a person on the moon and retrieve soil from the asteroid.
In December, the last lunar probe, Chang̵
Quoting Hu Jintao at a meeting in the eastern city of Nanjing, 6’e-6 “will automatically collect lunar samples for comprehensive analysis and research.”
Hu said that the lander is expected to carry instruments developed by French, Swedish, Italian and Russian scientists. He did not disclose the details of what they are going to do.
The announcement reflects the increasingly close interaction between China’s secretly cooperating space program with the military and other countries.