Now, it's China's turn to explore the Moon

Relay satellite Queqiao key role in moon's far side

This included the three radio antennas, which were deployed at 04:00 pm Beijing time on January 4th (03:00 am EDT; 12:00 am PDT on January 3rd).

To control the cost of the Chang'e-4 mission, the relay satellite was created to be relatively small, weighing about 400 kg. LFS aboard Chang'e-4 will astronomically observe low-frequency bands. In addition to the instruments inherited from the Chang'e-3 mission there's also three new instruments that are the result of global collaborations. James Head said that LPR aboard Chang'e-3 will supply photographs of subsurface lava flow units and lunar soil layers.

There is now known life elsewhere in our solar system, thanks to the China National Space Administration's Chang'e-4 moon rover.

In addition to enabling China's first crewed mission to the Moon, these studies could also play a vital role in the construction of a lunar outpost.

In recent years, each significant achievement made by China's space industry has drawn global attention. The moon's dark side remains largely unexplored because its position shields it from radio frequencies, preventing direct with the Earth.

"We will let Queqiao work as long as possible". For all those uninitiated and confused, the far side of the Moon is that portion which is rarely studied by the researchers.

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However, as Harvard professor Abraham Loeb noted, the relay satellite itself could be a source of radio contaminate for the sky.

The relay satellite will also be used for scientific and technological experiments.

China's lunar exploration programme, named after moon goddess Chang'e, began in 2004, and has included orbiting and landing a probe on the near side of the moon, and bringing samples back to Earth.

Sir Edward Appleton, the Yorkshire scientist born in Bradford who discovered the ionosphere and realised its importance for radio communications and its limitations for astronomy would be delighted with the landing of the Chinese spacecraft Chang'e 4 landing on the far side of the Moon and its implications for science.

The pioneering landing highlights China's ambitions to rival the U.S., Russian Federation and Europe in space.

The Yutu-2 rover follows on from the successful Indian Chandrayann-1 mission, which was among the first spacecraft to show evidence of water on the moon after mapping the surface between 2008 and 2009.

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