NPR

China Wants To Establish A Base On The Moon, Space Program Expert Says

China completed the first-ever landing on the far side of the moon this week — a technical achievement and a coup for the country's ambitions to eclipse the U.S. space program.
The Chinese flag is seen in front of a view of the moon at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on Dec. 13, 2013. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

China completed the first-ever landing on the “dark” side of the moon this week. It was a technical achievement and a coup for the country’s ambitions to outshine the U.S. space program.

Namrata Goswami, an expert on China’s space program, tells Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd that its Chang’e-4 lunar probe has important implications for the future of space.

“It’s a very, very symbolically and technologically significant development, and it shows to the world that China’s space program has arrived and can do original feats on its own,” says Goswami (@namygoswami), who’s working on a book about “expansionism, territoriality and resource nationalism” in space.

China’s long-term goal

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from NPR

NPR5 min readPolitics
Impeachment Hearing FAQ: Who Will Testify And How The Questioning Will Work
Democrats have called three career public servants to appear for the first public hearings in the Trump impeachment inquiry: William Taylor, George Kent and Marie Yovanovitch.
NPR6 min read
Illegal Pot Grows In America's Public Forests Are Poisoning Wildlife And Water
Insecticides and other chemicals found at the sites threaten long-term damage to ecosystems. California law enforcement, ecologists and others are cracking down on the illegal operations.
NPR4 min readPsychology
How Schools Are Using The Trump Impeachment Inquiry As A Teachable Moment
Teachers around the country are finding different ways to address the impeachment proceedings in their classrooms. In the process, they're exploring concepts and skills often relegated to textbooks.