International Cooperation Prospects on China Lunar & Deep Space Exploration Program

Day: Wednesday 21 September
Time: 13:45 - 14:40 CEST
Location: Room N01, Level 3, Hall 7, Paris Convention Centre

"Where is the Sun, the Moon and those stars?" - the question is from the poem “Tian Wen” by Qu Yuan, one of Chinese most distinguished and famous poets born 2,300 years ago.

The Chinese nation has never stopped the exploration of the universe for thousands of years. China's Lunar Exploration Program, officially started in 2004, till in 2020 with 1731g lunar samples returned, has successfully accomplished the Three-Step Plan of ‘Orbiting, Landing and Sample Return’.

In May 2021, the first mission of China's Planetary Exploration Program, Tianwen-1, achieved orbiting, landing and roving on Mars by one mission, making China a great leap being able to explore from Earth-Moon system to interplanetary space. In the future, China will take the International Lunar Research Station as the long-term goal of following-up lunar exploration, and will continue carrying out planetary exploration programs, including asteroid sampling, main belt comet exploration, Mars sample return, Jupiter system exploration and etc.

Openness, Cooperation and Win-Win are always the most important principles in the international cooperation of China's deep space exploration. China National Space Administration (CNSA) will introduce China's future plans and cooperation opportunities in Lunar and Deep Space Exploration in this GNF event, and will together with mission designer, chief scientist and international experts discuss the prospects of international cooperation.

This session is organized by:


Yiran WANG

Vice President and Secretary General, Chinese Society of Astronautics




Lead for Moon and Mars Science and Moon Utilisation Manager, Human and Robotic Exploration Directorate, European Space Agency (ESA)


Ferhat Fikri ÖZEREN

Deputy Secretary General, Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO)


Zhaoyu PEI

Deputy Director of CNSA Lunar Exploration and Space Engineering Center, China National Space Administration (CNSA)



General Director, National Space Science Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences