It's been many years since man was last on the moon, but humans may return - for a much longer stay - if talks between China and Europe go well.
Representatives of China and the European Space Agency are discussing potential collaboration on a human outpost on the moon and other possible joint endeavors, according to a spokesman for the European agency and Chinese media reports.
The secretary general for China's space agency, Tian Yulong, first disclosed the talks about the envisioned lunar base in Chinese state media. They were confirmed Wednesday (local time) by Pal Hvistendahl, a spokesman for the European Space Agency, or ESA.
"The Chinese have a very ambitious moon programme already in place," Hvistendahl said. "Space has changed since the space race of the '60s. We recognise that to explore space for peaceful purposes, we do [need] international cooperation."