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Chinese university will be first to send microsatellites into lunar orbit

(People's Daily Online)    17:45, May 21, 2018

The Harbin Institute of Technology, in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province, is to become the world’s first university to send microsatellites into lunar orbit, China News reported on May 21.

“Longjiang-1” and “Longjiang-2,” two microsatellites developed by the university, were successfully launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center together with a relay satellite for the Chang’e-4 lunar probe “Queqiao” on Monday morning.

The satellites are currently in the Earth-moon transfer orbit and will next enter the lunar orbit. At that time, the university will become the world’s first to send microsatellites into lunar orbit.

The microsatellites, carrying frequency spectrographs of the National Space Science Center under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, will be used for various astronomical observations, enabling people to learn more about the universe. 

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