China, Europe planning to build village at Moon

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BEIJING: China wants to team up with Europe on a project that could see tourists walking on the surface of the moon. The European Space Agency hopes to have robots on the moon in the 2020s to begin building a village. And the Chinese are in talks to bring their expertise to the plan. Tian Yulong, secretary-general of the China National Space Administration, confirmed his country is “discussing cooperation” with the ESA on building an international village there. China is aiming to become a major space power and already boasts an advanced and open aerospace industry and space infrastructure. Professor Jiao Weixin, of the School of Earth and Space Sciences in Peking University, believes the village will eventually turn into a city and could one day become an affordable tourist destination.

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