China inches closer to Moon exploration with launch of new satellite

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China really, really, really wants to explore the Moon — more specifically, the dark side of the Moon. The country has been steadily moving towards its ultimate goal of Moon exploration for a long while now, and it just launched a shiny new satellite that lays at least part of the foundation to achieve it.

The new satellite, called Queqiao (that means "Magpie Bridge," according to Chinese news agency Xinhua), will act as a relay to link communications between the country's science team on Earth and its planned Chang'e 4 lunar probe which is planned for the not-so-distant future.

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