China: Exploring outer space for benefit of mankind

Relay satellite Queqiao key role in moon's far side

Relay satellite Queqiao key role in moon's far side

The mission's various scientific payloads were also checked and verified before the rover took to the surface.

'The moon landing went smoothly and in an ideal location in the heart of the area we were aiming for, ' said Sun Zezhou, chief engineer on the Chang'e-4 mission. James Head said that LPR aboard Chang'e-3 will supply photographs of subsurface lava flow units and lunar soil layers.

Image of the Yutu-2 rover disembarking from the Chang'e-4 mission's lander.

The probe was launched from China's Xichang Satellite Launch Center and reached the lunar orbit in 12 December. This will be done through its special payload (the Lunar Micro Ecosystem), a heated and pressurized stainless steel container that contains seeds and insect eggs.

Researchers hope that low-frequency observations of the cosmos from the far side, where radio signals from Earth are blocked by the moon, will help scientists learn more about the early days of the solar system and even the birth of the universe's first stars.

To promote public interest in space exploration, the China National Space Administration invited people to write down their wishes for lunar and space exploration, and the relay satellite carries the names of tens of thousands of participants and their messages. As direct communication of the probe with its handlers is not possible, all data has to be bounced off relay satellites that send it back to earth. "This will negate the key advantage of the far side for radio astronomy, being free of radio interference from Earth". Harvard University astronomer Avi Loeb observed that the relay satellite required to dispatch information by far side also pollutes the sky.

China probe "lands on dark side of the MOON" in space exploration BREAKTHROUGH The Chinese robotic probe Chang'e 4 has landed on the dark side of the moon, becoming the first manmade craft to alight on the unexplored surface, according to reports from Chinese state media.

The pioneering landing highlights China's ambitions to rival the U.S., Russian Federation and Europe in space. CASC announced on Wednesday that China has plans of launching Chang'e-5 spacecraft on near side of Moon with Long March 5 heavy-lift rocket in 2019. And with both Roscosmos planning their own lunar missions and NASA looking to return to the Moon, the coming years are sure to be very exciting!

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