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What’s next for China in lunar exploration?

Andrew Jones • January 23, 2019

China has big plans for the future, including lunar sample return, a robotic research base, and potentially human missions.

Chang'e-4 deploys rover on far side of the Moon

Jason Davis • January 03, 2019 • 3

The rover is named Yutu-2, China's space agency announced.

China successfully lands Chang'e-4 on far side of Moon

Jason Davis • January 02, 2019 • 2

It’s a space feat no nation has accomplished until now.

Chang’e-4 Successfully Enters Lunar Orbit

Luyuan Xu • December 12, 2018

Following a 4.6-day cruise, on 12 December at 8:45 Beijing time (16:45 UTC), the spacecraft arrived in lunar orbit, preparing for a landing in early January.

Liftoff for Chang'e-4!

Emily Lakdawalla • December 07, 2018

At 02:22 local time 8 December (18:22 on 7 December UTC), a Long March 3B lifted off from Xichang Satellite Launch Center, carrying the Chang'e-4 lander and rover toward the Moon.

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.

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