06 January 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 concept of deploying a relay satellite in the halo orbit was first put forward by U.S. space experts in the 1960s. "We will let Queqiao work as long as possible. It could also provide communication for probes from other countries if they intend to explore the Moon's far side within the lifetime of the satellite," said Ye Peijian, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and a senior space expert. "And that will be a Chinese contribution made to the world," Ye said.
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