China’s Future Explorations to Focus on South Pole of Moon

© REUTERS / Kacper PempelA man takes picture of the screen displaying the moon, appearing in a dim red colour, which is covered by the Earth's shadow during a total lunar eclipse in Warsaw, Poland September 28, 2015
A man takes picture of the screen displaying the moon, appearing in a dim red colour, which is covered by the Earth's shadow during a total lunar eclipse in Warsaw, Poland September 28, 2015 - Sputnik International
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China on Tuesday revealed the landing location of Chang'e-5 probe on the Moon and the future focus of lunar explorations at the ongoing Global Space Exploration Conference (GLEX 2017) in Beijing.

Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China's Gansu province - Sputnik International
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Liu Jizhong, the director of the lunar exploration project of the China National Space Administration, said at the conference that Chang'e-5 will be launched by CZ-5 carrier rocket at the end of the year and will land at the Mons Rümker on the near side of the Moon to collect rock samples for scientific research, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

Liu said that the follow-up lunar exploration will focus on the south pole of the Moon.

"The hot spot of lunar exploration is the south pole of the Moon based on international consensus. More significant scientific discoveries lie in the permanently shadowed region of the Moon and the water in that region," said Liu.

Liu called on other countries to join hands in the lunar exploration. "The lunar exploration concerns all people's life and happiness. All countries should participate in the course and utilize the lunar space in a peaceful and lawful way," said Liu.

The conference, which ends Thursday, was jointly held by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and the Chinese Society of Astronautics, and follows the GLEX 2012 conference held in Washington DC, Xinhua reported.

International space engineers and delegates from leading aerospace companies including Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Airbus attended the conference.

This article was originally published in the Global Times.

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