For many years, space exploration seemed to be largely an American obsession. NASA was the only space agency on the planet with ambitious plans and the consistent financing to carry them out.
But after first challenging the United States’ global economic hegemony, the planet’s most populous country has now extended the competition to the space race. While NASA is still preeminent, China’s space program, under the supervision of the People’s Liberation Army, has emerged as the second-most active on Earth.
China is currently launching more rockets into space than any country. Just recently, it became the first nation to land a rover on the far side of the Moon, and it has plans to construct a space station within the next few years. Eventually China hopes to land astronauts on the Moon as well, and these plans might explain why President Trump suddenly announced his intention to revive the Apollo program and land American astronauts on the Moon again in five years.
In the midst of all this space-oriented activity, China has been expanding its space exploration efforts in yet another way. The country’s space scientists have developed an intense interest in deep-space surveillance via telescope, and they have initiated multiple projects designed to elevate their standing in astronomy.
China Has Big Plans for Antarctica
China’s initial foray into the super-telescope game occurred in Antarctica.