China may soon become the first nation on Earth to reach the far side of the moon with the launch of the Queqiao relay satellite from Sichuan province. Historically, it has been difficult to establish communications between the moon and Earth on the far side of the moon, but China remains determined to overcome this hurdle. China also has ambitious plans such as becoming a major player among leading space agencies around the world. The Chinese space agency may be looking for a strategic advantage over space agencies such as NASA which have had tremendous success in searching for planets using the Kepler telescope. China has the same goal (finding alien life or any life for that matter) but has a different method with regards to searching for signals: utilizing the far side of the moon to search for cosmic signals.
China could become a major player in a future space race or just in terms of its power relative to other space agencies. Perhaps gathering some funds for a mission to the far side of the moon should have been on NASA’s agenda but it seems like China will beat them in this race. China also intends on creating a lunar biosphere on the moon which would also be a first for a major space agency. A video was posted by Chinese state media over social media which boosted popular support for the mission among Chinese citizens.
The Queqiao relay satellite according to Chinese officials should be able to maintain contact on the far side of the moon between astronauts and their supporting crews on Earth, if this succeeds it will revolutionize communications satellites across the aerospace industry. Perhaps in the future this technology can be used to establish contact between Earth and other remote places in the universe that would typically not be candidates to establish communications.