China to start building lunar base out of moon soil

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Scientists involved in the project have reportedly informed the South China Morning Post that China intends to commence construction of a lunar base in roughly five years’ time, beginning with the production of bricks fashioned from moon soil.

According to local media reports, Ding Lieyun, a prominent scientist at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, has stated that the initial brick crafted from moon soil will be produced during the Chang’e 8 mission, projected to take place around 2028, the Financial Post reported.

China has previously said its lunar base will likely be powered by nuclear energy, and will include a lander, hopper, orbiter and rover, all of which would be constructed by the Chang’e 6, 7 and 8 missions. It wasn’t immediately clear in the interview if the entire base will be built with lunar soil.

China has already sent probes to the moon, built its own space station and is also setting its sights on Mars, as it vies with the U.S. in particular to be the first to gain access to minerals and other resources found away from Earth.

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