According to Wu Weiren, Chief Designer of the Moon Exploration Project and a member of the CAE, the fourth phase of the Moon Exploration Project entered the implementation phase at the end of 2021. The main goals of the fourth phase of the lunar exploration project are
- the scientific exploration of the South Pole of the Moon, and
- the construction of the basic form of the lunar science research station.
The mission will be carried out in three parts, Chang’e 6, Chang’e 7, and Chang’e 8, and is scheduled to be completed by 2030. China will have the capability for a manned lunar landing by 2030, and will lay the foundation for subsequent lunar science research and development, deep space exploration, and space resource utilization.