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China is creating a ‘magpie bridge’ to the far side of the moon

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Although it’s sometimes called the “dark side” of the moon, it’s not actually dark. The moon circles the Earth and gets illuminated by the sun in a tidal lock orbit, meaning the orbital period matches its rotational period. In other words, the same side is always facing us, and that’s where nearly all lunar missions have landed.



The Chang’e 4 mission will land on the surface and dispatch a rover for observation and analysis. Direct communication through the enormous mass of the moon is not possible, so Queqiao will provide a relay link to Chinese mission control. It will station itself at a Lagrange Point, a spot of gravitational equilibrium “behind” the moon as viewed from Earth.

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The name Queqiao means “bridge of magpies” and it comes from a folklore tale, as the state-owned Xinhuanet media outlet explains: “In a Chinese folktale, magpies form a bridge with their wings on the seventh night of the seventh month of the lunar calendar to enable Zhi Nu, the seventh daughter of the Goddess of Heaven, to cross and meet her beloved husband, separated from her by the Milky Way.”

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As detailed by Spaceflight Insider, Queqiao is part of Chang’e 4, China’s fourth lunar mission. The two Chang’e 1 and Chang’e 2 probes orbited the moon in 2007 and 2010, and Chang’e 3 landed a rover on the moon’s surface in 2013. The experimental Chang’e 5 T1 mission, launched in 2014, sent a capsule around the moon and returned to Earth. The capsule demonstrated its capability by surviving re-entry, and in 2019 Chang’e 5 will land on the lunar surface, collect rock and soil samples, then lift off and return them for scientific study.

Aside from its relay duties, Queqiao also includes a radio scanner known as the Netherlands-China Low-Frequency Explorer. Because it’s in the “shadow” of the moon, unaffected by the Earth’s interference, it can search for ancient radio signals of very low frequencies dating back to the early formation of the universe and perhaps even the Big Bang itself.

“Underlying the strong humming sound from the Milky Way, there are some emissions from the early phase of the universe and it will recur at certain frequencies,” astrophysics professor Heino Falcke told Quartz. “If you don’t have much background noise you may be able to see some certain frequencies and that tells us something about the universe. It requires an extremely quiet environment.”

The lander-rover duo Chang’e 4 will launch and land on the moon later this year, and China has made no secret of their plans for a manned mission to the moon in the future.

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Seychelles sets out for revenge against Bafana Bafana.

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Seychelles are set to take on South Africa in the 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Qualification Group E match.

The encounter will be played at the Stade Linite in Victoria on Tuesday, October 16.

Kick-off is at 15h30 CAT.



The Pirates were thumped 6-0 by South Africa in a Group E encounter which was played in Johannesburg over the weekend, a defeat that left Seychelles placed fourth on the group standings without a single point from three games. They are four points behind third-placed Libya.

The Southern African side will be hoping to secure their maiden win in the qualifying campaign. 

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Meanwhile, South Africa are brimming with confidence after humiliating a hapless Seychelles side.

The win took Bafana Bafana to the top of the group standings with seven points from three games. They are a point above second-placed Nigeria.

The Southern African giants will be looking to maintain their lead at the top of the standings with a win in Seychelles.

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Hurricane Michael: Aliens created it with evidence – Claims

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Hurricane Michael slammed into Florida last Wednesday packing winds of up to 155mph.

The strength of Michael made it the third-most powerful to ever hit the United States mainland.



More than 600,000 homes were without power as a result of Michael’s impact, with authorities cautioning it could take days for lines to be restored.

But some believe the mega storm was caused by something more than nature.

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UFO hunters believe they have spotted a strange skull in the satellite images of Hurricane Michael, believing this was a sign left by grey aliens.

Conspiracy theory website UFO Sightings Daily believes the shape in the eye of storm resembles an alien skull so similarly that it was no coincidence.

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The blog, run by prominent alien hunter Scott C Waring, says that an extraterrestrial civilisation which is monitoring our planet left the sign there as a sort of signature for us to know that it was them who caused it.

Mr Waring wrote on his blog: “Often I say that storms, lightning, tornadoes and even earthquakes are sometimes caused by alien craft.

One person posted on a related video: “Actually it is October. That could happen.”

Another simply stated: “Photoshop”.

Hurricane Michael hit land on October 10 as a Category 4 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, one of the most powerful storms to make landfall in the continental United States since records began.

At least 18 people in four states have been killed.

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