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CHINA AND THE MYSTERIOUS HIDDEN SIDE OF THE MOON

Shanghai (China) / China has launched at dawn a relay satellite to establish a communication link between the Earth and the Chang’e-4 lunar probe, which will launch to explore the mysterious hidden side of the Moon.

The satellite, called Queqiao (magpie bridge), has been transported by a Long March-4C rocket that has taken off early this morning from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China, reports the official Xinhua news agency, citing the National Administration. Spaceship of China (CNSA).

“The launch is a key step for China to achieve its goal of being the first country to send a probe to land softly on the far side of the Moon,” said Zhang Lihua, manager of the transmission satellite project.

The satellite has been separated from the rocket and has entered orbit approximately 25 minutes after takeoff.

Chinese scientists and engineers expect Queqiao to make a communication bridge between controllers on Earth and the other side of the Moon, where the Chang’e-4 lunar probe is expected to land later this year.

As Xinhua recalls, the Earth’s tides have slowed the Moon’s rotation to the point that it always looks towards the Earth on the same side, a phenomenon called tidal blockage.

The other side, most of which is never visible from Earth, is the far side or the dark side of the Moon, not because it is dark, but because most of it remains unknown. (May 21, 2018, EFE/Practica Español)

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Question 1
¿De qué trata la noticia?
A
De un reciente descubrimiento en la Luna.
B
De una nave que regresa de la Luna.
C
Del lanzamiento de un satélite.
Question 2
Según el texto, ¿por qué ha lanzado China ese satélite?  
A
Porque quiere descubrir lo que hay en una zona de la Luna.
B
Porque quiere ser el primer país que toma muestras de la Luna.
C
Porque quiere establecer una base lunar.
Question 3
Según el texto, los científicos...  
A
no esperan que sea posible establecer una conexión desde la Luna.
B
no creen que sea posible descubrir el lado oculto de la Luna. 
C
esperan que el satélite logre una conexión entre la Tierra y una sonda lunar.
Question 4
Los científicos esperan que...    
A
se pueda explorar el lado oculto de la Luna en un par de meses.
B
este satélite lanzado aterrice antes de que acabe el año.
C
la sonda lunar esté en la Luna a finales de 2018.
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