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China successfully launches Earth-Moon communications satellite

Beijing, Mar 20 (Prensa Latina) China successfully launched a satellite on Wednesday that will allow communications between the Earth and the Moon, in view of its future lunar exploration missions. According to the National Space Administration, the Great March-8 carrier rocket took off with the Queqiao-2 relay satellite from the Wenchang launch site in southern Hainan province.

After 24 minutes of flight, the satellite separated from the rocket and entered the planned Earth-Moon transfer orbit.

Queqiao-2 is part of the fourth phase of China’s lunar exploration program and will provide communications services for the Chang’e-4, Chang’e-6, Chang’e-7 and Chang’e-8 missions.

Among the milestones of China’s space race are the rover that reached the hidden part of the Moon and the construction of the Tiangong or Celestial Palace station.

In addition, China is steadily launching satellites for a variety of purposes, ranging from remote sensing, commercial services, communications, meteorology and research.