China goes for the Moon

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The competition heats up: China has announced plans to land the first probe on the far side of the Moon.

They are aiming for a launch two years hence. No word on how they plan to communicate with the lander, as direct communications will not be possible.


One comment

  • Tom Billings

    If they use a comsat at L4 or L5 this could work. One at L2 would work better. It would also signal to astronomers that at least one government thinks that the Moon (and the rest of the Solar System) is *not* the new science-reserve/Antarctica. Laser coms would help ameliorate any real problem, and it would demo an urgently needed assist for bandwidth as being at TRL 9. The question then is, …would they let us use their lunar comsat?

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