I think we will be seeing more of the fruits of what to many may have looked a glacial approach to space in the coming decade.
Things are going to be rather busy for China in the new year as far as space exploration is concerned, with the first stage of the Space Station getting launched and the Mars rover landing as well.
The China Lunar Exploration Program confirms that the Chang'e-5 orbiter/service module is heading for Sun-Earth Lagrange point 1, 1.5 million km away. The spacecraft will carry out engineering tests, orbit control, lighting and environment tests.
Tianhe-1, Tiangong's space station core module, is schedule for launch in the first half of 2021.
Tianzhou-2 to be launched after Tianhe-1 and before Shanzhou-12.
Shenzhou-12 to be launched possibly in the first half of 2021 and to be the first manned occupancy of Tiangong (Tianhe-1).
Shenzhou-13 will probably take place on the second half of 2021.
Andrew Jones said:The Long March 5B rocket to launch the Tianhe core module for China's space station is undergoing assembly in the port city of Tianjin. It is expected to soon leave the factory for delivery to Wenchang launch centre via Yuanwang cargo ships. Source: CMSA https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s?__biz=Mz...566&idx=1&sn=defcfd9987bca2b4d9e892269de09576
Besides, the rocket maker has recently completed a reliability test run for its high-thrust oxyhydrogen engine designed for the Long March-5B carrier rocket, which will be used to launch different modules of China's space station. The core module is scheduled for launch this spring.