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China launches relay satellite in pursuit of far-side-of-moon landing China launches relay satellite in pursuit of far-side-of-moon landing
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The future far-side moon lander, Chang’e 4, is set to travel to the far side of moon by the end of 2018 The future far-side moon lander, Chang’e 4, is set to travel to the far side of moon by the end of 2018
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<strong>China<a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-space/china-launches-satellite-to-explore-dark-side-of-moon-xinhua-idUSKCN1IL0XP"> launched</a> a relay satellite on May 21, as part of its future plans to send a lander to the<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far_side_of_the_Moon"> far side of the Moon</a>, often wrongly called the "dark side of the Moon."</strong> <strong>China<a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-space/china-launches-satellite-to-explore-dark-side-of-moon-xinhua-idUSKCN1IL0XP"> launched</a> a relay satellite on May 21, as part of its future plans to send a lander to the<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far_side_of_the_Moon"> far side of the Moon</a>, often wrongly called the "dark side of the Moon."</strong>
<span style="font-weight: 400">The satellite, known as Queqiao, or “Magpie Bridge”, will allow </span><span style="font-weight: 400">China to communicate with future Moon lander, Chang’e 4. Chang’e 4 is intended to travel to the far side of the Moon by the end of 2018 (<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/21/china-dark-side-moon-launch-magpie-bridge-satellite"><em>The Guardian</em></a></span><span style="font-weight: 400">).</span> <span style="font-weight: 400">The satellite, known as Queqiao, or “Magpie Bridge”, will allow </span><span style="font-weight: 400">China to communicate with future Moon lander, Chang’e 4. Chang’e 4 is intended to travel to the far side of the Moon by the end of 2018 (<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/21/china-dark-side-moon-launch-magpie-bridge-satellite"><em>The Guardian</em></a></span><span style="font-weight: 400">).</span>
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<span style="font-weight: 400">The planned probe will carry seeds for growing potatoes and a flowering plant related to cabbage, as part of an experiment. </span><span style="font-weight: 400">If successful, China will be the first country to land a probe on the side of the Moon that never faces the Earth. </span> <span style="font-weight: 400">The planned probe will carry seeds for growing potatoes and a flowering plant related to cabbage, as part of an experiment. </span><span style="font-weight: 400">If successful, China will be the first country to land a probe on the side of the Moon that never faces the Earth. </span>
<span style="font-weight: 400">The country is aiming for a human landing in 15 years (<em><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/21/china-dark-side-moon-launch-magpie-bridge-satellite">The Guardian</a></em>) and</span><span style="font-weight: 400"> to start construction of its own manned space station <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-space/china-launches-satellite-to-explore-dark-side-of-moon-xinhua-idUSKCN1IL0XP">next year.</a></span> <span style="font-weight: 400">The country is aiming for a human landing in 15 years (<em><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/21/china-dark-side-moon-launch-magpie-bridge-satellite">The Guardian</a></em>) and</span><span style="font-weight: 400"> to start construction of its own manned space station <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-space/china-launches-satellite-to-explore-dark-side-of-moon-xinhua-idUSKCN1IL0XP">next year.</a></span>
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Exploration of the Moon <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_missions_to_the_Moon">started in 1959</a>. Exploration of the Moon <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_missions_to_the_Moon">started in 1959</a>.
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Chang’e 4, dark side of the moon, human landing on moon, Magpie Bridge, Moon, Queqiao, satellite, space exploration Chang’e 4, dark side of the moon, human landing on moon, Magpie Bridge, Moon, Queqiao, satellite, space exploration
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