16 January 2019
Wu Weiren, Chief Scientist of China’s lunar programme, said NASA scientists had asked permission to use China’s Chang’e 4 spacecraft and relay satellite to help them plan an U.S.-American mission to the far side of the Moon. The U.S. experts made the request at an international conference a few years ago, state broadcaster CCTV reported. The American scientists had asked China to extend the Queqiao relay satellite’s lifespan and allow an American beacon device to be placed on Chang’e 4, saying it would help the US side plan its own lunar landing strategy, Wu said.
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