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CHINA PREPARING TO LAUNCH CHANG’E-4 RELAY SATELLITE MAY 21

CHINA PREPARING TO LAUNCH CHANG’E-4 RELAY SATELLITE MAY 21 China is set to launch a relay satellite to the second Earth-moon Lagrange point May 21, in a necessary precursor to the planned Chang’e-4 soft-landing on the lunar far side late in the year. Chang’e-4 is the backup to the Chang’e-3 mission which put a lander and rover on Mare Imbrium in late 2013. Following that success, the lunar craft have been repurposed for a pioneering landing on the moon’s far side. The lunar far side does not face the Earth as the moon’s orbital period matches its rotational period, thus requiring a relay satellite to facilitate communications.   More



(Source: SpaceNews - May 15)

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