The China National Space Administration said its recent Moon landing has marked the start of a new phase in its space program, at a press conference in Beijing on Monday.
Projects in the near future include the Chang’e 5 return mission to the moon by the end of 2019, and China’s own space station by 2022.
“The success of the Chang'e-4 mission marked the start of comprehensive development of... Еще the phase IV of the lunar exploration program and deep space exploration program by China,” said Wu Yanhua of the China National Space Administration.
The CNSA says it welcomes cooperation with other countries on lunar and deep space exploration projects in the future.
The Chang’e 4 lunar rover landed on the far side of the moon on January 3, 2019.