Stunning Image Of Moon's Rear Side Captured By Chinese Satellite

Stunning Image Of Moon's Rear Side Captured By Chinese Satellite

The Longjiang-2 satellite entered the Moon's orbit in June 2018 and was launched along with China's Queqiao communications probe, which has been critical for the country's recent Chang'e-4 lunar lander.

The image was snapped by a camera aboard the Chinese DSLWP-B/Longjiang-2 satellite. The country's space agency sent communication hardware into lunar orbit so that it could relay information back and forth between the lander and rover on the Moon's far side and engineers back on Earth. Queqiiao satellite played a significant role in the entire landing mission.

On Jan. 3, 2019, the Chinese spacecraft Chang'e 4 safely landed on the floor of the Moon's Von Kármán crater (186 kilometer diameter) located within an even larger impact crater known as the South Pole-Aitken basin roughly 2,500 kilometers in diameter and 13 kilometers deep -the largest impact crater in the Solar System.

The CNSA lifted Longjiang-2's silent period in mid-January, allowing the satellite to take photographs once more.

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A new photo captured by Longjiang-2 on Monday (Feb. 4) reveals the so-called "dark side of the moon" basking in sunlight as Earth photobombs the moon in the background. The tiny satellite is capable of carrying out some complex scientific studies through space.

According to astronomers, setting up the shot and receiving the data from DSLWP-B is an exhaustive process. The first image from this timelapse was downloaded with the Dwingeloo telescope on February 4, 2019.

Full colour adjusted images captured throughout the process are available on Cess Bassa's blog post.

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