Chinese Moon Landing - a new SPACE RACE with the US?
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With the success of the unmanned Chinese moon landing on the far side of the moon, we wonder when the first Chinese astronauts, or better taikonauts, will travel to the moon? In this video, we not only explain the latest Chinese moon mission Chang'e-4, but also give an overview of the Chinese human spaceflight ambitions which surprisingly date back to the 1970s.
⚠️WARNING: This episode contains insane conspiracy theory jokes!⚠️
Chang'e 4 was launched on 7 December 2018 and successfully landed on 3 January 2019 on the South Pole-Aitken Basin. This certainly marks a significant progress of the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program (CLEP). And if you are wondering why the Chinese space program contains so many weird names, there are actually some beautiful ancient legends behind these names!
The lunar lander is named after the Chinese goddess of the moon "Chang'e"🌙 The name "Yutu" of the lunar rover literally translates to "Jade Rabbit"🐰 In Chinese folklore, the rabbit is often portrayed as a companion of the goddess Chang'e living on the moon and pounds the elixir of life for her. Then, the name "Queqiao" of the communication relay satellite means "Magpie Bridge"🐦 in Chinese and is derived from another ancient folklore. You've probably heard of the Chinese Valentine's Day, the so-called Qixi Festival. It's celebrated on the seventh day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar and is supposed to be the single day in a year, on which a legendary cowherd can meet his goddess wife. The couple is unfortunately not allowed to live together, and only on this special day the magpies would build a magical bridge for them to meet across the Milky Way.
So what are the future plans of the Chinese moon project? Even though no official timeline is publicly available, it's kind of an open secret that the Chinese space agency is working on manned lunar explorations. Early engine tests of a heavy lift rocket, which would bring taikonauts to the moon, are already underway. The rocket is called Changzheng 9 or Long March 9. It's supposed to have a quite formidable lift capacity similar to the Saturn V, and being only slightly weaker than SpaceX's super heavy.
It almost seems as if everyone is taken by surprise on China's incredible fast pace, with which China is catching up in space. So who will be the first bringing human back to the moon in this new moon race, or better space race? The Chinese, NASA's Space Launch System (SLS), or SpaceX's starship/super heavy system? In any case, China's moon ambitions have certainly encouraged the global development of space technologies. We're really looking forward to the next milestone in human spaceflight within the next few years.
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