China is “trying to get to par” with what the United States and Russia have done in space exploration and are launching their own space station and Mars rover to catch up, according to ANU cosmologist and astrophysicist Dr Brad Tucker.
“They’re really trying to be equal in terms of the US and Russia, the US and Russia had a head start in terms of a lot of this, having that space race back in the late ‘50s into the ’60s and ‘70s,” he told Sky News.
“This is exactly one of the reasons why they’ve launched and are building their own space station, the US built Skylab, Russia built Mir, and now they have the International Space Station.”
Dr Tucker said China has “goals on the moon” and later this month they will launch their first rover and potentially have their first touchdown on Mars.
“China is trying to get to par with what the US and Russia has done in the past but also now keeping up with what they’re doing now so this is activity on the moon, this is looking upwards in space, so they are doing what the US and Russia did in the ‘60s.”