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

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

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

But thanks to a Chinese satellite that's now in lunar orbit, we get to see the Erath and the Moon from a totally different and rare perspective. But as the image shows, the moon's far side is often illuminated by the sun, exposing the impact-blasted, grey lunar desert.

The image was snapped by a camera aboard the Chinese DSLWP-B/Longjiang-2 satellite on February 4. The satellite, which has been in orbit since June 2018, took the photo after switching back on after a radio quiet period.

The Dutch Dwingeloo Radio Telescope in the Netherlands downloaded it at the agonising speed of less than one kilobyte per minute. The Verge explains that this probe was launched into space along with Queqiao satellite, which was critical for the recent landing of Chang'e 4 spacecraft.

Queqiao is now located in a stable position near the Moon. The moon is locked in orbit to Earth, meaning that the same side of the moon is always facing us.

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