China is planning a landing on the far side of the moon, because they purportedly want to grab the rare fuel-efficient Helium-3 deposits for themselves!
To date, only three countries have ever landed spacecraft on the moon - the U.S., Russia and China. America has been the only nation to land men on the moon.
But now, China plans to send an unmanned lunar lander similar to previous probes but with a much heavier payload to the far side of the moon. Due to communications issues with the Moon itself blocking transmissions, China will undoubtedly launch a relay satellite in geo-synchronous lunar orbit to transmit data back, scientists say.
The Chinese mission is set to determine how much of the rare element Helium -3, which exists in very small quantities on Earth, can be extracted from the purported rich deposits located on the moon's far side.
H-3 is a light non-radioactive gas that has the potential to be used as a fuel in future nuclear fusion power plants. If the Chinese moon mission is successful in finding the H-3, plans are underway to mine and extract this fuel-efficient element. The cost of the Chinese moon missions would be offset by the return in H-3 extraction and production back on Earth.
On the August 15, 2015 episode of C2C, H-3 expert researcher Chris Orcutt estimated that a single space shuttle payload of H-3 harvested from the moon could fuel the entire United States for a full year! He also claimed that there may be a conspiracy between the U.S. government and the oil industry to prevent harvesting the Helium-3 on the moon. H-3 deposits are said to be readily available - only a few feet below the lunar surface.
Orcutt also believes the Chinese government's sole goal in space exploration is to obtain H-3 on the Earth's satellite.
Mining the H3 would not only be a boon to the Chinese economy but they would have a monopoly on it. As the sole inhabitants of the moon working the rich deposits they could easily dominate the world economy. China would be the lone provider of H-3 to the planet as fossil fuels run dry in the future.
The Chang’e 4 mission is scheduled to launch in 2020, the Chinese Space Administration said.