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

The last time a human set foot on the moon was in 1972. Image credit- Pexels licensed under CC0

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.

However, it lost its twin satellite Longjiang-1 in May 2018 when it spun off and lost contact with the Chinese National Space Administration on Earth.

According to an article published by Futurism, China's Longjiang-2 satellite entered the Moon's orbit in June 2018, alongside the satellite Queqiao. On February 3, the CNSA had the satellite capture a timelapse of the Moon with the Earth in the background, which was subsequently transmitted to the Dwingeloo telescope the following day, CAMRAS reported. And I sure hope we'll soon get to see more stunning photos from the far side of the Moon.

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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. Uncorrected image attached. More next week! The photo "has a purple haze to it due to the hard photo environment in space", Tammo Jan Dijkema, an engineer with the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, told Space.com.

DSLWP-B is a micro-satellite built by Chinese astronomers. 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.

An annotated image from China's Longjiang-2 microsatellite shows the names of the craters on the far side of the moon.

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