22 November 2022
The basic structure for International Lunar Research Station (ILRS) will be built by around 2028 meaning it will be possible for Chinese taikonauts to land on the Moon within ten years, according to China's lunar exploration Chief Designer Wu Weiren.
The ILRS will be expanded from a basic structure which China's Phase-4 lunar probe mission aimed to build using lunar probes of Chang'e-6, -7, and -8. According to Wu, the basic structure, which will be built by around 2028, will consist of lunar landers, rovers and leapers, as well as an energy system, communication infrastructure and human life support system.