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The September Equinox 2018 Issue of The Planetary Report Is Out!

Emily Lakdawalla • September 18, 2018 • 2

With my first issue of The Planetary Report as editor, I am taking the magazine open-access. Return to Mercury features articles by Elsa Montagnon on BepiColombo and by Long Xiao on the Chang'e-4 and -5 landers.

Farside Landing and Nearside Sample Return

The Planetary Report • September Equinox 2018

Long Xiao previews two ambitious Chinese lunar missions, one of which will make the first-ever landing on the far side of the Moon.

How China's lunar relay satellite arrived in its final orbit

Luyuan Xu • June 15, 2018

It took 24 days for Queiqiao to reach an Earth-Moon L2 halo orbit.

Chinese satellite snags new views of Earth from lunar orbit

Jason Davis • June 14, 2018 • 1

See the world through the eyes of Longjiang-2.

Chang'e 4 relay satellite, Queqiao: A bridge between Earth and the mysterious lunar farside

Luyuan Xu • May 19, 2018 • 2

China's fourth lunar mission, Chang’e 4, is expected to begin on May 21 with the launch of a Long March 4C rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in the southwest of China. The launch will carry a spacecraft named Queqiao, which will serve as a communication relay satellite between Earth and the lunar farside.

What's Up in Solar System Exploration in 2018

Emily Lakdawalla • December 27, 2017 • 4

Three launches to the Moon and one each to Mercury and Mars; two arrivals at near-Earth asteroids; and an approach to an encounter with a distant Kuiper belt object are highlights we anticipate in 2018.

A closer look at China's audacious Mars sample return plans

Andrew Jones • December 19, 2017 • 3

China is making steady progress on a proposed mission to bring a piece of Mars back to Earth in the late 2020s.

How did China decide where to land its upcoming Moon missions?

Phil Stooke • September 20, 2017 • 2

How were the Chang'e 5 and 4 landing sites chosen? Space exploration historian Phil Stooke explains.

China's lunar sample return mission will pave way for future ambitions

Andrew Jones • April 06, 2017

Later this year, China is launching the Change'5 spacecraft to return a sample from the Moon. The mission will pave the way for future ambitions, including crewed trips to the lunar surface.

Finding spacecraft impacts on the Moon

Phil Stooke • February 20, 2017 • 2

Over nearly 60 years of spacecraft exploration of the Moon, lots of spacecraft have crashed on the lunar surface—some accidental, some intentional. Phil Stooke hunts for their impact sites.

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