According to ZHANG Rongqiao, chief engineer at the Lunar Exploration and Space Engineering Centre under the China National Space Administration (CNSA), China’s roadmap for deep space exploration includes assembly of a space station in 2019, China’s Mars 2020 mission followed by a sample return mission around 2030, a visit to the Jupiter moon Ganymede in 1936, and to Uranus in 2040. Much of this program depends on the development of the Long March 9, a super-heavy-lift rocket in the same class as the Saturn V or NASA’s future SLSwill.

CAS news release, September 8, 2017