13 December 2018
Space News reports that China’s Chang’e-4 lander and rover “spacecraft successfully entered lunar orbit Wednesday following a four-and-half-day flight to the moon.” Following a lunar orbit insertion burn, the spacecraft “entered an elliptical lunar polar orbit with a perilune of 100 kilometers at 3:45 a.m. Eastern” Wednesday. The China Lunar Exploration Project (CLEP) “announced the success of the crucial braking maneuver within minutes and confirmed that the spacecraft was functioning well and will begin preparations for communications tests with a relay satellite and refining its orbit.” The spacecraft will attempt the “first ever soft landing on the far side of the moon” in early 2019. (Image: Launch of Chang'e 4 from Xichang Space Satellite Centre. Credit: Qiuqiuziziz, Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0 | Wikipedia)
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