30 December 2018
China's Chang'e 4 probe entered a planned orbit in the morning of 30 December to prepare for the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the Moon, China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced. The probe has entered an elliptical lunar orbit, with the perilune at about 15 km and the apolune at about 100 km, at 8:55 a.m. Beijing Time, said CNSA. Since Chang'e 4 entered the lunar orbit on 12 December, the ground control center in Beijing has trimmed the probe's orbit twice and tested the communication link between the probe and the relay satellite Queqiao which is operating in the halo orbit around the second Lagrangian (L2) point of the Earth-Moon system.

Animation of the orbital manoeuvre and landing on CCTV