China’s Chang’e-4 lunar rover is due to touchdown on the far side of the moon around New Year, 2019 at the Von Kármán crater in Aitken Basin –the craggy and complex terrain of the lunar south pole region. The planet’s new space superpower will plant its flag. Will it also claim ownership?
China’s reach into space has extended to the Americas with a 450-ton, $50 million satellite and space mission control station built by the Chinese military in the Patagonian desert in Argentina. The station, built in March, is an important event in China’s race to become the first to explore the dark side of the moon. In some ways, though, this space station serves more than just as a research station for the benefit of mankind; in the US’ eyes, it is beginning to look more and more like China’s way of expanding its reach, although China stresses the US is jumping to premature conclusions.