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Lunar Orbiter Longjiang-2 Smashes into Moon

Don’t worry, this was a planned end for a tiny satellite that has been a huge success.

Chang’e-4 may have discovered material from the Moon’s mantle

The first science results from the unprecedented Chang’e-4 lunar far side mission are in. The mission’s Yutu-2 rover, deployed from the lander shortly after the Chang’e-4 landing on 3 January, has, with the help of the Queqiao relay satellite, returned data which suggests it has discovered material derived from the Moon’s mantle.

China’s SmallSat Lunar Mission Longjiang-2 to Deorbit on 31 July

According to amateur spacecraft tracker Daniel Estévez, Longjiang-2 will crash into the Moon on 31 July after more than a year in lunar orbit.

Chang’e-4 Updates: Yutu-2 Roves into Overtime, Returns More Images

China’s Chang’e-4 lander and Yutu-2 rover are continuing to function well and have completed their fourth lunar day.

Yutu-2 Rocks On into Lunar Day 3 for Chang’e-4 mission

China’s Yutu-2 rover is continuing to make tracks on the lunar far side.

Stunning new images show what the Chang'e-4 mission has been up to

Chang’e-4 is sending home brilliant footage from its various spacecraft, while also being snapped by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Chang'e-4 update: Both vehicles healthy, new imagery from the Moon’s far side

Everything is going well 9 days after China's Chang'e-4 mission made a historic landing on the far side of the Moon, the country's space program said today.

Chang'e 4: Why the Moon's far side looks red in new images

In Apollo images — and to our own eyes, from Earth — the Moon is grey. What's going on?

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

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

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

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

Chang’e-4 Successfully Enters Lunar Orbit

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!

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.

Farside Landing and Nearside Sample Return

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

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

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.

China's mission to the far side of the Moon will launch in December

The Chang'e-4 spacecraft will launch on December 7 toward a farside landing, making use of a relay satellite to stay in touch with Earth.

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

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

Chinese satellite snags new views of Earth from lunar orbit

See the world through the eyes of Longjiang-2.

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

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.

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

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

Plans for China's farside Chang'e 4 lander science mission taking shape

The future Chang'e 4 lunar farside landing mission is rapidly taking shape. Now the mission's team is coming to a consensus on the landing location, as well as on the mission's instrument package.

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