Talking ‘Bout Taikonauts

China plans to put taikonauts, otherwise known as astronauts, on the moon by 2036, 67 years after the first man land on the moon and 64 years after Apollo 17 delivered the last humans to Earths’ orbiting body.

Chine claimed back in 2005 it would put a man on the moon by 2017. Looks like they are going to miss that date. In the same year the United States unveiled a $104 billion plan in September to return Americans to the moon by 2018. Then Obama became president.

China sent its first astronaut into space in 2003, becoming the third nation after Russia and the US to achieve manned space travel independently.

Space Stations Other Than The International Space Station (ISS)

China launched the Tiangong-1 prototype space station in
2011.  The 15 cubic meters were divided into one habitable experimental module and a second resource module which contained solar panels and propulsion systems.

Tiangong-1 was visited by 3 manned missions: Shenzhou-8 (2011), Shenzhou-9 (2012) and  Shenzhou-10 (2013).  Although the Tiangong-1 is still and orbit. Click here for live real time satellite tracking of the Tiangong-1.

The Shenzhou-9  carried China’s first female astronaut, Liu Yang.

The Shenzhou-10 manned spaceflight carried 3 men. It was the last mission to the Tiangong-1.

China planned the Tiangong-2 and Tiangong-3 but has failed to deliver on these goals.

Manned Moon Landing 2036

China must “raise its abilities and use the next 15 to 20 years to realize manned lunar exploration goals, and take a firm step for the Chinese people in breaking ground in the utilization of space”, Lieutenant General Zhang Yulin, deputy commander of the China Manned Space Program, said.

20116 US presidential candidate Donald Trump has no plans to increase funding to NASA. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson will not spare NASA from cuts necessary to balance the budget.