China plans to land astronaut on the moon by 2030, official says

Chinese astronauts Gui Haichao, Jing Haipeng and Zhu Yangzhu
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China plans to place astronauts on the moon by 2030 and expand its orbiting space station, government officials announced Monday. The announcement is the "highest-level confirmation of China's ambitions for a crewed lunar landing," per The New York Times.

"We can clasp the moon in the ninth heaven," said Lin Xiqiang, the deputy director of China's Manned Space Agency, at a news conference, quoting a poem by Mao Zedong.

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Theara Coleman has worked as a staff writer at The Week since September 2022. She frequently writes about technology, education, literature and general news. She was previously a contributing writer and assistant editor at Honeysuckle Magazine, where she covered racial politics and cannabis industry news.