China is building a manned spacecraft capable of sending astronauts to the moon as well as near-Earth orbit flight.
China continues to raise its stakes on space exploration as a nation. Zhang Bainan, a spaceship engineer at China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp., said that the new manned spaceship is planned to have a higher capacity compared to other countries’ manned spaceships, as part of the Chinese space program’s goal to match other space powers. Currently, only the U.S. has the capability to conduct a moon landing mission through its Orion spacecraft
In China’s most recent crewed mission, two astronauts spent a month aboard a Chinese space station late last year.
China first landed an unmanned craft on the moon in December 2013. It marked the first spacecraft to land on the moon since the Soviet Union’s Luna 24 in 1976.
The United States’ Apollo 11 was the first manned mission to land on the Moon, on 20 July 1969.