There are several planned lunar missions over the next few years.
Country Name Launch due
USA LADEE August, 2013
China Chang'e 3 Second half 2013
(Private) GLXP Moon Express 2015
Russia Luna-Glob 2 / Luna-Resurs 2014
China Chang'e 4 2015
Russia Luna-Glob 1 2015
India Chandrayaan-2 2016
China Chang'e 5 2017
USA ILN Node 1 2018
USA ILN Node 2 2018
China is planning and unmanned rover landing this year.
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in about 2025.
China is acquiring manned lunar landing technology from the Ukraine and working with the Ukraine on rockets.
Ukraine had previously offered the People’s Republic of China the so-called unit “E”, developed by Yuzhnoye DO which was responsible for the landing from the lunar orbit to the Moon and return to the orbit. He said that although the project did not take place and once [the Soviet] program was shut down, the unit, however, was seriously improved. “On that basis, but at the current level we have gained a lot to build engines, stages for orbital missions, including missions to the Moon,” the Yuzhnoye DO chief emphasized.
The lunar lander is described on Russianspaceweb. However, the actual unit is in a warehouse in the Ukraine and the actual design work was in the Ukraine.
Here is a 35 document that describes the Yuznoye design office capabilities.
China is also leveraging Ukrainian Zenit rocket engine technology.
China is leveraging Russian Soyuz and Ukrainian space technology.
China has a long term commitment to achieving incrementally greater space goals.
A primary driver is national prestige. It is a like Roman bread and circuses for the masses.
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