China working on new moon rover for 2026 south pole mission

China is working on a new rover that will begin to explore the south pole of the moon around 2026. 

The Chang’e 7 mission is part of a recently approved new phase of Chinese lunar exploration that will target the moon’s south pole and far side. Chang’e 7 will consist of an orbiter, lander, rover and a small, flying detector that can move into shadowed craters to hunt for evidence of water ice. The mission will also be supported by a new communications relay satellite (opens in new tab).

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