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Russia and China tag-team together to safely make it back to the Moon

Russia and China will work in harmony to safely make it back to the Moon

By: Jak Connor from Sep 20, 2019 @ 19:54 CDT

Space agency across the world have decided its time that humans go back to Moon, not only are NASA planning lunar missions but so are Russia and China.

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For those that didn't know, Russia was the first country to achieve a successful soft landing onto the Moon's surface, that was back in 1966. China within the last decade also managed to achieve a soft landing and now both Russia and China have agreed to work together for future lunar missions.

China's Chang'e 5 will be launching next year and it is designed to be China's first sample-return mission. After Chang'e 5, Chang'e 6 will fetch a sample from the lunar south pole in 2023, Chang'e 7 will do a more in-depth exploration in that area. Russia on the other hand is on a different schedule, according to Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Roscosmos Space Agency, Russia plans involve a 2024 orbiter, a 2028 sample-return mission and human flights sometime in 2029 - 2030.

On September 17th, Rogozin and Chinese space head Zhang Kejian agreed to work together and build a shared data centers with outposts located in each country.

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