China’s lunar exploration director outlines plans for space ants that could explore asteroids and long-term work on a Moon base.
China could build an army of robotic ants to retrieve samples from asteroids as part of an ambitious plan for a new era of space exploration.
The country’s lunar exploration director Liu Jizhong said in a speech that ant-like devices would be more flexible than rovers.
He also outlined plans to put a lander on the far side of the Moon and put satellites in place to explore the satellite’s poles.
Because there may be water ice at these poles, the operation could eventually allow for the development of a Lunar base.
He said: “When exploring the unknown, we should not just follow others. China should be more creative.”