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China building rocket to take people to the moon

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 1/10/2020 Joseph Wilkinson

Only 50 years late.

China is one step closer to becoming the second-ever nation to transport people to the moon. Scientists in the country of 1.4 billion people are building a rocket to take Earthlings back to the lunar surface, Space.com reported.

The plans were announced at the 2020 China Space Conference on Sept. 18, according to Space.com. The new, moon-focused rocket would be triple the size of China’s largest current rocket.

Earth is seen from the moon. © Shutterstock Earth is seen from the moon.

Earth is seen from the moon. (Shutterstock/)

Any launch, and the theoretical arrival of Chinese citizens on the moon, is still years away.

Humans have not set foot on the moon since the American Apollo 17 crew departed the surface on Dec. 14, 1972. All six lunar landings happened between 1969 and 1972.

In January 2019, China became the first country to land a rover on the dark side of the moon.

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