14 June 2018
The relay satellite for the Chang'e 4 lunar probe has entered the planned orbit, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced on 14 June. The Queqiao satellite entered the Halo orbit around the second Lagrangian (L2) point of the Earth-Moon system, about 65,000 km from the Moon, at 11:06 a.m. on 14 June after a journey of more than 20 days. "The satellite is the world's first communication satellite operating in that orbit, and will lay the foundation for the Chang'e 4, which is expected to become the world's first soft-landing, roving probe on the far side of the Moon," said Zhang Hongtai, president of the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST).
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