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When China Goes to the Moon...


  • Addresses China´s possible ambition to send its taikonauts to the Moon and elaborates on its implications on an international level

  • Disentangles China´s space strategy from a wide range of perspectives and provides novel and in-depth understanding of the underlying philosophy of China´s political behavior, both domestically and internationally and how space is instrumentalised in this respect

  • Investigates how Chinese determination to go to the Moon could affect the rest of the institutional landscape, performing a critical analysis on the much-discussed scenario of a new space race for the re-conquest of the Moon and accompanies the analysis with an informed assessment of alternative scenarios where more cooperative pathways to future space exploration might become possible

  • Offers the first holistic reflection on the opportunities and challenges Europe will be facing vis-à-vis Chinese space ambitions and assesses the different strategies available to European stakeholders in this regard


Part of the Studies in Space Policy book series (STUDSPACE, volume 11)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Marco Aliberti
    Pages 1-5
  3. Marco Aliberti
    Pages 7-43
  4. Marco Aliberti
    Pages 45-77
  5. Marco Aliberti
    Pages 79-128
  6. Marco Aliberti
    Pages 185-252
  7. Marco Aliberti
    Pages 305-310
  8. Marco Aliberti
    Pages E1-E1
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 311-336

About this book


This book is about China’s ambitions in its most complex and internationally visible space endeavor, namely its human space exploration programme. It provides a comprehensive reflection on China´s strategic direction and objectives in space, including in particular those set forth in its human spaceflight programme, and analyses the key domestic and external factors affecting the country’s presumed manned lunar ambitions. The objective of the book is to disentangle the opportunities and challenges China´s space ambitions are creating for other spacefaring nations, and for Europe in particular. It therefore includes an in-depth analysis of possible European postures towards China in space exploration, and seeks to stimulate a debate on future space strategies in the broader context of world politics.


China's Lunar Exploration China's Manned spaceflight China's Space Policy China's Space Strategy Taikonaut Moon Landing

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.European Space Policy InstituteViennaAustria

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title When China Goes to the Moon...
  • Authors Marco Aliberti
  • Series Title Studies in Space Policy
  • Series Abbreviated Title Studies in Space Policy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-19472-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-37026-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-19473-8
  • Series ISSN 1868-5307
  • Series E-ISSN 1868-5315
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 336
  • Number of Illustrations 27 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Aerospace Technology and Astronautics
    R & D/Technology Policy
    Political Science
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