China's space missions to reach Mars, send people to Moon
A model of China's Yutu moon rover [File Photo: Chinanews.com]
A "super plan" for China's space missions in the next couple decades includes moon landings, a Mars probe and a space shuttle, reports China News Service.
China is planning to launch a Mars probe that will be able to orbit, land on and roam the red planet in one mission in around 2020.
A second mission will have the probe bring back samples from Mars, according to Yang Mengfei from the China Academy of Space Technology.
The academy has also initiated research on a new manned spacecraft that can serve multi purposes including sending people to the Moon.
China's Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation is working on a new-generation space shuttle that will make space travel possible.
Meanwhile, the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology is trying to lower space travel costs with reusable carriers.
A heavy rocket that is designed for cargo and human transportation is expected to make its first flight in around 2030.