The relay satellite for the Chang'e-4 lunar probe, which will land on the other side of the moon later this year, was called the "Queqiao" – Magpie Bridge.
The name was announced by China National Space Administration (CNSA) Tuesday, China's Space Day
In a Chinese fairy tale, the magpies on the seventh night of the seventh month of the lunar calendar narrate a bridge with their wings to Zhi Nu, the seventh daughter of the Goddess of Heaven to cross and meet her beloved husband, separated from her by the Milky Way.
Together with the relay satellite, two microsatellites will be developed by the Harbin Institute of Technology "Longjiang-1" and "Longjiang-2"
The work on Chang & # 39; e-4 is progressing well, said Li Guoping, a spokesman for CNSA.
Chang & # 39; e-4 will carry payloads for Germany, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia and Sweden
The distant side of the Moon is of great scientific interest, but the landing there requires a relay satellite to transmit Signals
One of China's planned 36 launches this year, the relay satellite will be sent to the Earth Moon Lagrange Point's L2 orbit and the lunar module Chang'e-4 by the end of May. Rover will be about six months old later sent to the Aitken Basin of the South Pole region of the Moon.
"At the Earth-Moon-Lagrange point L2, about 450,000 kilometers from Earth, we have constructed an orbit where gravity equilibrium can be maintained, and the relay satellite will be able to sustain both the Earth and the Earth distant side of the moon, "said Bao Weimin, director of the China Science and Technology Commission of Science and Technology Corporation.
The Aitken Basin is an ancient lunar region containing many ancient information. Since the far side of the Moon is shielded from Earth by electromagnetic interference, it is an ideal place to study the space environment. The probe can "listen" to the deeper regions of the cosmos, Bao said.
The relay satellite is carried by a long march 4 rocket. The relay satellite and the rocket are both located at the launch center in Xichang, southwest China's Sichuan Province.
"The whole mission is very complex and challenging, we feel great pressure, but we are confident," said Bao.
Source: Xinhua News
China National Space Administration
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