Chinese Satellite Reveals Image of Moon’s Far Side and Earth Together

A Chinese satellite now orbiting the moon has captured a handsome photo showing both the far side (AKA dark side) of the Moon as well as planet Earth in the background. 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.

This photo of Earth and the Lunar farside, maybe our best ever, was taken yesterday by the Chinese Lunar satellite DSLWP-B (Longjiang-2).

The image above was snapped by a camera aboard the Chinese DSLWP-B / Longjiang-2 satellite on February 4. The Dutch Dwingeloo Radio Telescope downloaded it at the agonizing speed of less than one kilobyte per minute. It's now in orbit around the Moon and it entered the orbit back in Jube 2018.

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. At the very beginning of this year, Chang'e 4 landed on the far side of the Moon and sent us the first photo from up there.

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As space agencies like NASA gear up and renewed interest in Moon exploration grows, we might learn a few more secrets about our nearest neighbor, and will hopefully get some more lovely images like this one.