Relay satellite Queqiao plays key role in exploring moon's far side
Friday, 11 January 2019 Beijing (XNA) Jan 11, 2019
China's Chang'e-4 probe has started the exploration on the far side of the moon thanks to the relay satellite that provides a communication link with ground control. The relay satellite, named Queqiao, meaning Magpie Bridge, after a Chinese legend, was launched on May 21, 2018, and became the first communication satellite operating in the halo orbit around the second Lagrangian (L2) point
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