May 21, 2018 01:55 PM

China Launches Satellite for Moon Mission

China launched a relay satellite early Monday as part of its planned mission to explore the far side of the moon by the end of the year.

A Long March-4C rocket carrying the satellite “Queqiao” or “bridge of magpies” blasted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan some 270 miles from provincial capital Chengdu, according to the state-run Xinhua News Agency.

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