A senior Chinese space agency official said on Wednesday that China would actively plan its deep space exploration in the next five years, focusing on lunar and Mars exploration.
Sun Laiyan, administrator of the China National Space Administration, said China would study the distribution and utilisation of lunar resources, and terrestrial planetary science, particularly the Earth-Moon system, as well as provide a scientific basis and measures for supporting mankind's sustainable survival and development on Earth.
Key research areas also included astronomy and solar physics, space physics and solar system exploration, micro-gravity sciences and space life science.
Sun urged Chinese scientists to increase their understanding of star and universe evolution through the observation and study of the sun and black holes.
In the next five years, Sun said, China would independently develop and launch an astronomical satellite.
China would advance its exploration of the integral behaviour of the chain reaction of solar-terrestrial space, establish a space weather forecast pattern on which a weather support system for space flight safety and communication would be based, he told the 36th Scientific Assembly of the Committee on Space Research.