China is looking for “other planets” to colonize

China has announced its first plans to search in the stars for nearby habitable planets that could one day expand humanity’s “living space” across the Milky Way.

In the project, called Closeby Habitable Exoplanet Survey (CHES), officials are proposing to launch a 3.9-foot (1.2-meter) space telescope nearly 930,000 miles (1.5 million km) to a gravitationally stable Lagrangian point between Land and the the sun, according to China’s state-run CGTN news service. Lagrange points travel around the sun at exactly the same rate as the Earth, which means that the craft at one of these points will stay the same distance from our planet indefinitely.