China’s space plans are extensive, with three lunar missions planned in quick succession this decade. Missions begin next year and extend to 2028.
Beijing’s Chang’e-6 mission in 2024 is slated to land on the far side of the moon and collect dust and rock samples there.
Chang’e-7 is scheduled to lift off in 2026 with the objective of searching for lunar resources on the moon’s south pole.
China’s 2028 plan includes Chang’e-8, which could look at how to utilise lunar materials. The mission is said to be of great scientific importance.
Beijing’s Chang’e-6 will bring back first ever samples collected from the moon’s far side next year.