The Chinese National Space Administration announced today that the Chinese tracking satellite “Xueqiao 2” succeeded in entering its specified orbit around the moon.

Xinhua news agency quoted the authority as saying: “After about 112 hours of flight, the satellite began braking near the moon at a distance of about 440 kilometers from its surface, and entered its orbit around the moon smoothly after 19 minutes.”

By adjusting the altitude and inclination of the orbit around the moon, “Chue Qiao 2” will enter its specified elliptical orbit around the moon, and communications will be tested with the “Chang’e 4” and “Chang’e 6” lunar probes as planned.

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