ON 8 December, the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre (西昌衛星發射中心) used the Long March 3 (長征三號) rocket to successfully launch the probe Chang’e-4 (嫦娥四號). The spacecraft will get to the Moon around January 2019 and will orbit around it before softly landing on the side facing away from Earth.
This mission has two exploration goals. The first one is to release a relay satellite, Magpie Bridge (鵲橋), which enables communication between Earth and the far side of the Moon. The second one is to send a lander to that region.
As for scientific research, the main goals are to set up a low frequency array on this side of the Moon to study space, the surface and mineral composition around the landing area, and how much neutron radiation, etc, that side of the moon gets.
(This article is published on Goodies on 19 December 2018)
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- 1. What is the name of the probe?
A. Magpie Bridge
C. Long March 3
- 2. What is the name of the satellite?
A. Long March 3
C. Magpie Bridge
- 3. Where will the probe land?
A. Far side of the Moon
C. Near side of the Moon