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

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

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

The moon is locked in orbit to Earth, meaning that the same side of the moon is always facing us.

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. The image, which was captured by the Longjiang-2 satellite that was sent skyward past year, even features Earth photobombing scene in the background.

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 Dwingeloo telescope downloaded the photo from the satellite this morning. 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.

Queqiao is now located in a stable position near the Moon.

The image was snapped by a camera aboard the Chinese DSLWP-B/Longjiang-2 satellite on February 4. As for the photo of the Earth and the "dark side of the Moon", it was transmitted back to Earth and received with the Dwingeloo Telescope.

It might just be the first image of the moon's rear side together with Earth that we've seen since another Chinese spacecraft, Chang'e 5T1, took a shot of both bodies together in 2014, the CNET reported on Tuesday.