Chinese satellite captures moon and Earth like you've never seen them

Dr David Parker the director of human and robotic exploration at ESA says that the lunar campaign’s ultimate mission would be to see if a permanent human moon base can be established. Image credit- ESA

Dr David Parker the director of human and robotic exploration at ESA says that the lunar campaign’s ultimate mission would be to see if a permanent human moon base can be established. Image credit- ESA

A Chinese lunar orbiter has taken a stunning image that shows the giant rear side of the moon with a tiny planet Earth nearby, the media reported.

The Moon dominates the night sky and, as the closest large body to Earth, we get to see it plenty. The image, which was captured by the Longjiang-2 satellite that was sent skyward a year ago, even features Earth photobombing scene in the background.

The photo was taken with a camera linked to an amateur radio transceiver on board the Chinese DSLWP-B/Longjiang-2 satellite. The Dwingeloo telescope downloaded the photo from the satellite this morning. It's now in orbit around the Moon and it entered the orbit back in Jube 2018. In January the Chang'e-4 successfully touched down on the far side of the Moon - the side that's always facing away from Earth. Yet it needs the Queqiao satellite to be located in a stable position near the Moon, where it sends radio signals from both Longjiang-2 and the Chang'e-4 lander to Earth.

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Longjiang-2 had to take a little break from photography for a few months to avoid interfering with the landing of Chang'e 4, but now appears to be back at it. Getting the image did take some effort, though.

If you're interested, you can find more information here. Uncorrected image attached. More next week!

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